Who should apply? Individuals from victim services agencies and  other organizations that serve crime victims. This includes paid staff and volunteers from a variety of community-based and system-based programs and other allied professionals such as law enforcement and corrections. Ideally, candidates will have a minimum of two years in the field of victim assistance.


The all-inclusive $300 fee covers tuition, housing, meals, and all training materials.  Financial assistance is available through a limited number of scholarships through the Academy, and may be covered by VOCA funds from the participant’s agency of employment.  Additionally, the U.S. Office for Victims of Crime offers scholarships for professional development.


Bon Secours Spiritual Center, Marriottsville, Maryland. For more about the site, go to


Victims Rights & Laws, Restitution, Family Violence, Workplace Violence, Collaboration & Network Building, Vicarious Trauma and Self-Help, Certification and Professional Development.

In order to be eligible for selection, a candidate must submit one (1) typed application and two (2) letters of recommendation, one of which must be from your supervisor/program coordinator. An application form can be downloaded by clicking on the link below. The blank application form itself may be photocopied and shared, but once typed and completed, please mail it, along with the two recommendations, to:

Roper Victim Assistance Academy
Debra L. Stanley, Ph.D.
Executive Director
School of Criminal Justice
University of Baltimore
1420 North Charles Street, Room LAP 518
Baltimore, MD 21201

Up to 35 participants from among all those who apply will be selected to attend the upcoming Academy. To create the optimal learning environment, the Academy’s Selection Review Board will strive to construct a class of participants which reflects a balance in cultural, programmatic, professional, and geographic diversity.

​​​​Next Academy: June 4-8, 2018


Dr. Debra L. Stanley
Academy Director, Faculty

Dr. Heather L. Pfeifer
Associate Director, Faculty

Elaine Witman
Community Liason

Dave Thomas


Debbie Bradley

Certification Coordinator

Anne Litecky

Logistics Coordinator