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Creighton Hosting Nebraska’s First Victim Assistance Academy

Creighton University is hosting the inaugural Nebraska State Victim Assistance Academy (NEVAA) at the Mike and Josie Harper Center Aug. 5 though 9.

NEVAA was formed to provide comprehensive and fundamental education and training for victim service providers and allied professionals, filling the statewide void of a formal victim assistance academy. As a result, those who participate in the academy will gain a core set of knowledge and skills necessary for those who work with victims of crime.

The academy organizers hope the program will lead to statewide, standardized training. Nationally, encouragement for victim assistance courses of study in colleges and universities has been a priority for State Victim Assistance Academies. The increasingly complex needs of crime victims have resulted in a demand for more coordinated and multidisciplinary approaches to training in the victim services field.

The academy was formed through grant funding and partnership with Creighton University, Nebraska Crime Commission and the University of Nebraska at Kearney. Rebecca Murray, Ph.D., and Dawn Irlbeck, Ph.D., were a part of the planning and formation of NEVAA from the beginning, serving as grant writers to bring the academy to Nebraska. Lauren Pilnick, MA, was brought on board as the NEVAA state coordinator shortly after receipt of the grant. The steering committee boasts a wide range of professional victim advocates from across the state.

More information about NEVAA can be found at

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