Next Academy: June 5-9, 2017


Dr. Debra L. Stanley
Academy Director, Faculty

Dr. Heather L. Pfeifer
Associate Director, Faculty

Elaine Witman
Community Liason

Dave Thomas


Debbie Bradley

Certification Coordinator

Linda Garnett
Logistics Coordinator​​



“If someone listens, or stretches out a hand,

or whispers a kind word of encouragement,

or attempts to understand a lonely person,

extraordinary things begin to happen.”

–Loretta Girzartis

​What is RVAAM?

The Roper Victim Assistance Academy (RVAAM) was created in 2003 through a federal grant from the United States Department of Justice, Office of Victims of Crime (, received by the Maryland Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention ( in partnership with the University of Baltimore ( Modeled on the National Victim Assistance Academy, the RVAAM is a 40-hour, academically-based education and training program that covers a broad array of topics in victimology, victim’s rights and services and victim advocacy throughout the criminal and juvenile processes. 

The mission of RVAAM is to provide a broad spectrum of basic advocacy training that will standardize the training of crime victim service providers in Maryland, thereby expand and enhance the level of professionalism within the victim services field.  As such, the Academy strives to increase participants’ knowledge of national, state, and local resources, and to provide an opportunity to network with other victim service providers.

In addition to its annual Academy, RVAAM sponsors advanced trainings for victim service professionals and victim advocates and provides additional networking opportunities through its Alumni Association.