Upcoming events

    • 20 Mar 2019
    • 22 Mar 2019
    • Historic Fredericksburg, Virginia
    • 25


    The Virginia Victim Assistance Network (VVAN) is pleased to announce the dates and location of the following training:  Defining the Role of the Victim Advocate in a Mass Violence Event.  The training will be held March 20 - 22, 2019 at the Courtyard by Marriott Historic District, located at 620 Caroline Street, Fredericksburg, Virginia, 22041.  This training is sponsored by VVAN, with funding provided by an OVC Training and Technical Assistance Grant.  

    The training will include a variety of topics related to mass violence response and will be tailored specifically to victim advocates.  Training delivery will include small group activities (including table top exercises), panel presentations, case examples, and lecture.

    After attending the training, we anticipate that participants will have a better knowledge of local, state, and federal resources for victims impacted by a mass violence event, have an understanding of the command structure common for these types of events, and will be able to identify additional and appropriate ways to respond to victims impacted by an event in their locality.

    This training is similar to the Advanced Victim Assistance Academy that VVAN coordinated in August of 2018 and is being offered again in response to additional demand.

    Who should attend:

    This training is designed primarily for victim assistance professionals working in systems-based agencies (i.e., prosecutor's offices, law enforcement or any other government entity).  Other professionals working with crime victims, such as community-based advocates, mental health counselors, crisis response workers, etc., would also benefit from this training.


    The cost for this training is $75.00, which includes training materials.  You can register with VVAN at the following link: under the "Events" section.

    This is a two-and-a-half day training, beginning on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 and ending on Friday, March 22, 2019 at noon.  Breakfast will be included all three days of the training and lunch will be included on Wednesday and Thursday.

    The training on March 20, 2019 will begin at 9:00 a.m. and end at 5:00 p.m.  Please arrive a few minutes early to register and pick up your training materials.  Training on the second day will begin at 8:30 a.m. and end at 5:00 p.m.  The final day of training will begin at 8:30 a.m. and conclude at noon.   Certificates will be provided for attendees who attend all two-and-a-half days of training.

    Dress is casual, but remember that the temperature can vary in training rooms, so dressing in layers is the best option.

    Please note that you are responsible to secure and pay for your lodging costs, incidentals, and any meals not provided at the training.


    We have reserved a block of 25 rooms at the Courtyard by Marriott Historic District for overnight accommodations at the government rate of $94.00 per night, plus taxes and fees.   You should make your reservations directly by calling Marriott reservations at 1-800-321-2211 or 540-373-8300.  Reference the training to secure your room at the government rate.  Reservations must be made by March 5, 2019 to guarantee the room rate. Please see the hotel's website for additional information.  

    An additional block of 15 rooms has been reserved at the Hyatt Place Fredericksburg-Mary Washington, located at 1241 Jefferson Davis Highway, Fredericksburg Virgina  22401.  This hotel is located just three miles from the Courtyard Marriott, where the training will be held.  These accommodations are also reserved at the government rate of $94.00 per night, plus taxes and fees.  If rooms are no longer available at the Courtyard by Marriott, you may reserve a room at the Hyatt Place by calling 540-654-333.  Reference the training to secure your room at the government rate.  Reservations must be made by March 5, 2019 to guarantee the room rate.  Please see the hotel's website for additional information. 


    Parking is $8 per day at the Courtyard by Marriott and $12 for valet parking.  Parking is complimentary at the Hyatt Place Fredericksburg-Mary Washington.

    Registration will be limited to 40 participants and granted on a first-come, first-served basis. 

    Questions:  Please contact Cindy Yadav, VVAN Regional Crisis Response Team Coordinator, at or 804-331-4057, ext. 104



    Requests for conference registration cancellations and refunds must be submitted in writing to Cindy Yadav at no later than March 5, 2019.  A $10.00 Processing fee will be assessed, after MARCH 5, NO REFUNDS WILL BE CONSIDERED OR ISSUED.