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Victims Assistance Academy brings in people from across WV to Kanawha County

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Professionals who deal with crime victims are in Kanawha County for training this week. The Victims Assistance Academy is providing professionals from around West Virginia with training courses on victims' rights and victims' services.

U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin was scheduled to speak Tuesday morning at the opening of the fifth-year event at Coonskin Park. About 40 people are taking part in the training courses designed to provide education and support. "I think the biggest thing is you learn that you're not alone in this work and that there's support throughout the state. If there's something you don't know or maybe an idea that someone shares with you that will help you with your victims in the future. So, I feel like I always learn something and it's time well spent," said Tina Manns, Boone County Domestic Violence Coordinator.

Among the agencies operating the academy are the West Virginia Division of Justice and Community Services and the West Virginia Coalition Against Domestic Violence. The academy continues until Friday, Sept. 13.