Accepting Applications for Summer          

Academy June 7 - 11, 2021                   

I n response to Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), all staff are available remotely via telephone and          

email. During the University System and State closures, we are NOT accepting hard copy or faxed        

     applications at this time.  Email applications to or contact Anne Litecky at            


     We so much appreciate and offer thanks to our crime victim service providers who                 

  continue to bring comfort and calm to the lives of crime victims and their families,          

  as well as support to one another in the field. Together we will get through this.               

                                   ~ Wishing everyone peace and good health.                            



Dr. Debra L. Stanley
Executive Director

Anne Litecky

Program Manager

Cherie Peay

Program Coordinator 


Dr. Heather L. Pfeifer

Dave Thomas


Dr. Gabriela Wasileski 

Dr. Mel de la Cruz

Debbie Bradley

Certification Coordinator 

Francis Beirut Poblete


Contact Us


Victim Services Training Enhancement Program (V-STEP)

   …Bringing Crime Victim Training and Certification to Communities                                             

Purpose of Victim Services Training Enhancement Program (V-STEP)
The Victim Services Training Enhancement Program (V-STEP) expands the RVAAM mission to include 1) trauma responsive training to improve victim recovery; 2) regional specific evidence-based training with CEU’s; 3) regional access to state certification; and 4) support to develop strong regional linkages and victim services network. 

V-STEP Crime Victim Training Needs Assessments
In 2017, V-STEP conducted crime victim training needs assessments over a 6 month period, one in each region of the State. RVAAM alumni were highly encourage to participate.  Results from the needs assessments provide data that reflects specific training needs in each region of the State. The data will determine training topics for the 2019 V-STEP regional training schedule.  Benefiting from V-STEP trainings are service providers, first responders and all professionals who work with victims of crime. V-STEP provides quality trainings, locally and at no cost to attendees.  `

V-STEP Expands Accessibility and Ease of Application for Maryland Victim Assistance Certification Program (MVSCP)
In 2017, V-STEP coordinated with RVAAM Regional Advisory Groups to bring MVSCP certification preparation, guidance and testing to each of the five regions.  RVAAM alumni are eligible to apply for MVSCP certification, which include consideration for grandfathering. All are welcome to apply. For more information about the certification program contact Debbie Bradley, Certification Coordinator at

V-STEP Coordinates RVAAM Regional Advisory Groups
With appreciation and thanks to the RVAAM alumni, RVAAM Regional Advisory Group members will predominantly consist of RVAAM alums.   The Regional Advisory Groups will identify training (all levels) and professional development needs, recommend qualifications needed in staff working for their agencies, methods to improve outreach, expanding education, certification recommendations for their agencies and communities, trends in their community for hiring criteria in the field, specific training topics that are of interest/needed within their communities, and other technical assistance needs and current related issues.  Advisory Group members are encouraged to host space for trainings, certification exams, and advisory board meetings, identify partners, create agency contact list/list serve to develop regional network systems, and help RVAAM staff identify overall needs within their community/region.

2017 - 2018 V-STEP Regional Crime Victim Trainings
The Roper Victim Assistance Academy of Maryland (RVAAM), V-STEP presented seven regional trainings, titled, TRAUMA TOOLS and RESPONSES.  Regional Trainings were one to two days in length with, three (3) certified trainers, and a state certification workshop offered on the last half of Day 2. In 2018, V-STEP continued to provide one-day trainings for crime victim service providers in agencies and organizations statewide on trauma, tools and responses.

For more information about V-STEP contact Anne M. Litecky, Program Coordinator at or (410) 837-5055.