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State Victim Assistance Academy Begins Fourth Year

Family Service of Rhode Island and Roger Williams University again team up to help crime victims.

The following is from a press release. 

The fourth-annual Rhode Island State Victim Assistance Academy will take place July and August, and there is still time to sign up. 

Non-profit Family Service of Rhode Island and Roger Williams University have partnered to provide this statewide effort to improve the quality of service to crime victims. Day-long classes will take place July 18 and Aug. 1, 8, 15 and 22 at the university’s .

Open to professionals who work with victims and survivors of crime, the foundation-level training provides individuals with the skills, knowledge and resources to better serve. Academy attendees have included staff from the Rhode Island Attorney General’s Office as well as detectives, advocates for the homeless and for domestic violence victims, hospital interpreters, elder affairs workers and others within the public and private sectors.

Topics include “Impact of Crime on Victims: Trauma, PTSD, and Direct Services,”“Working with LGBTQQ Youth,” “Cultural Competency in Working with Victims,” “Ethics in Victim Services,” “Victim’s Issues in Mental Health,” “Caring for Elder Victims,” and other topics.

The cost is $50 per person for victim advocate/bachelor level and $125 per person for CEU-seeking participants.

For more information contact Meghan Martinez at 401-331-1350, ext. 3200, or Martinezme@familyserviceri.org. Apply online via www.familyserviceri.org.

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