The College of Arts and Sciences is pleased to announce the (re)launching of the Nebraska Victim Assistance Academy (NEVAA). NEVAA has been a grant-funded program that brings training to students and professionals who work with victims of crime and has served more than 200 advocates in the Nebraska community since its launch in 2013. In October 2018, NEVAA becomes a Creighton University program that offers nationally accredited training to students and professionals who work with (or will work with) victims of crime.
NEVAA offers a comprehensive, basic-level training academy during the summer, where participants spend more than 40 hours gaining fundamental knowledge about a variety of topics, including victims of particular types of crimes (such as stalking, financial crimes or domestic violence) or unique considerations (such as victims who are refugees, elderly or Native American). The basic academy has been approved for credit at Creighton and at the University of Nebraska system and has been approved for Continuing Law Enforcement Education and CEU’s in a variety of professions.
In addition, NEVAA continues to develop shorter educational modules, both in person and online, that will focus on more specific concerns with regard to engaging with victims (such as human trafficking, spotting technology-facilitated crime, or the role of health care professionals, educators or ministers in addressing crime victims).
Lacey Craven, who currently serves as the project coordinator for NEVAA, is ready to expand the training NEVAA has to offer. “We know that there is a huge need for education for those who come into contact with victims of crime. I am excited and honored that Creighton is leading the way in providing this training across the state of Nebraska to victim advocates, law enforcement and other professionals who may work with victims,” Craven said. “NEVAA has worked hard to partner with a community of people who have dedicated their lives to promoting the dignity of victims, and we are proud to put Creighton’s name behind this effort.”
Rebecca Murray, PhD, associate professor of sociology and associate dean in the College of Arts and Sciences, has served as the primary investigator on both a federal and state grant that has funded NEVAA over the past six years and notes the opportunity that NEVAA can provide to Creighton students.
“Students who plan to work in social services, education, health care or with religious institutions can greatly benefit from both the knowledge and the community that NEVAA has to offer. Not only will they be able to gain information and credit, they will also be introduced to a community of professionals that can serve as mentors and resources,” Murray said.
The NEVAA office is located on the fourth floor of Creighton Hall, in the Department of Cultural and Social Studies.