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Training & Technical Assistance



OVC facilitates training through the OVC Training and Technical Assistance Center (OVC TTAC), grantees, and cooperative agreements with partner organizations, to assist the field in building its collective capacity to serve crime victims. Learn more about how your organization can build is capacity to serve crime victims below.


OVC TTAC provides comprehensive training, technical assistance, and other support to assist the field in building its collective capacity to serve crime victims.

OVC TTAC continues to expand OVC’s outreach through in-person and Web-based trainings. This requires ongoing capacity building to better serve victims and address the enduring and emerging issues in the field.

  • Training is available through an array of standardized courses and webinars, and face-to-face trainings on topics relevant to victim service providers and allied professionals.
  • The National Victim Assistance Academy (NVAA) uses a blended learning approach to provide an intensive, interactive learning experience for professionals and volunteers who assist victims and survivors of crime. Its programs include Victim Assistance Training Online and the Advanced Skills Institute, Leadership Institute, and Advanced Trainer Institute.
  • A variety of webinars and other online trainings are available to complete at your convenience.
  • Instructor materials are available for presenters who are providing training in specialized topic areas.
  • The Professional Development Scholarship Program offers scholarship support for multidisciplinary teams, victim service professionals, and others in the field with at least 1 year of experience to attend victim-focused trainings and conferences that will enhance their ability to work with victims of crime.
  • Customized training and technical assistance (TTA) is offered to meet your organization’s needs. All TTA is designed to help you build capacity in a variety of settings and improve the quality of the services you offer victims of crime. In addition, TTA is also provided to a variety of stakeholders by supporting the work of OVC’s grant recipients involved in services for human trafficking victims, promoting collaboration and communication among human trafficking task forces, and building capacity among general victim service providers, allied professionals, and the general public. Visit the Human Trafficking web page for more information.
  • Attorneys, victim service providers, victims, and the general public can access VictimLaw to search victims' rights' statutes, tribal laws, and other legal information.

Visit the OVC TTAC website to learn more and sign up to receive notifications about future training events.

Legal Assistance for Crime Victims

OVC TTAC works collaboratively with national experts to offer TTA opportunities to the legal community. OVC TTAC provides attorneys with the tools they need to increase their knowledge of crime victim issues and their capacity to provide pro bono or no-cost legal representation to crime victims.

Visit the OVC TTAC website to learn more about Legal Assistance for Crime Victims TTA opportunities.

The OVC Center for VOCA Administrators

The OVC Center for VOCA Administrators provides no cost training and technical assistance to Victim Assistance and Victim Compensation Administrators and offers opportunities for expert consultation, peer-to-peer collaboration, problem-solving, training, and innovation.

A resource library features toolkits, videos, and other materials to strengthen victim assistance and compensation programs and services. VOCA Administrators can request training and technical assistance by email at [email protected] or phone at 202–480–5551.

VOCA Administrators Training and Technical Assistance

The VOCA Administrators Training and Technical Assistance page provides resources to help improve the management of Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) funds.

Human Trafficking Capacity Building Center

Operated by OVC, the Human Trafficking Capacity Building Center seeks to strengthen human trafficking victim services in the United States by delivering free coaching and mentoring, and by providing a resource library, for organizations and federally recognized tribes. The Center partners with organizations and tribes in a collaborative and creative process to build their capacity to serve all victims of human trafficking. Through custom coaching, the Center helps organizations and tribes build a community response, develop sustainment strategies, build capacity, and enhance victim services.

Visit the Human Trafficking Capacity Building Center website to learn more and access these services.

Improving Community Preparedness to Assist Victims of Mass Violence or Domestic Terrorism: Training and Technical Assistance Program

This OVC-funded project provides training, technical assistance, and support to help communities augment their existing emergency response plans to ensure they effectively include immediate and long-term protocols and strategies to support victims of mass violence and domestic terrorism. Organizations can apply for no-cost assistance, watch on-demand trainings, and view resources on topics such as family/friends assistance center planning and donation management protocol.

State Victim Assistance Academies 

State Victim Assistance Academies provide fundamental, comprehensive, and academically based education and training for victim assistance providers, victim advocates, criminal justice personnel, and allied professionals who routinely deal with crime victims.

Visit our State Victim Assistance Academies page to learn more.

Date Created: September 27, 2019