Missouri Victim Services Academy (MVSA)
The Missouri Victim Services Academy, or MVSA, is a statewide education program for victim advocates designed and implemented by victim service professionals in the state of Missouri. In 2002 a national initiative by the Office of Victims of Crime, or OVC, began state victim services academies through VOCA grant funding. The initiative intended for every state to have a victim services academy to offer assistance for crime victim service providers. The first Missouri Academy was in 2004. With the intention of continually growing and improving, MVSA continues to offer curriculum to address current issues faced by victim advocates delivered via an adult learning model. The 2017 MVSA is made possible by funds provided via VOCA Training Grant and the Missouri Department of Social Services. Applications and nominations for the 2017 MVSA are due no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, July 21, 2017.