Victim Advocate Day


WHEREAS, victim advocates work in a range of disciplines including law enforcement, prosecution, probation and parole, sexual assault and domestic violence, and victim/witness protection; and

WHEREAS, the annual Virginia Victim Assistance Academy (VVAA) provides a 40-hour comprehensive educational program for victim advocates; and

WHEREAS, the VVAA curriculum gives advocates a foundation in the principles and policies of victims’ rights, as well as the skills, knowledge, and resources that will enable graduates to better meet the needs of all victims; and

WHEREAS, the VVAA establishes a statewide standard for the knowledge and skills needed to provide effective services to crime victims; and

WHEREAS, the VVAA promotes collaboration between victim service providers, allied professionals, policymakers, educators, and researchers, helping stakeholders across the Commonwealth promote public safety; and

WHEREAS, the VVAA offers an opportunity for victim advocates to earn credentials to enhance their professional development and careers; and

WHEREAS, the seventh class of the VVAA graduates today, July 25, 2014;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize July 25, 2014, as VICTIM ADVOCATE DAY in the COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.