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Training & Technical Assistance



The Office for Victims of Crime facilitates training through the OVC Training and Technical Assistance Center (OVC TTAC), cooperative agreements with partner organizations, and grantees, to assist the field in building its collective capacity to serve crime victims. Select from the following options to learn more about these opportunities.


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.

VOCA Administrators Training and Technical Assistance

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

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.

Human Trafficking Capacity Building Center

The OVC Human Trafficking Capacity Building Center (the Center) strengthens human trafficking victim service delivery in the U.S. by providing strategically focused, capability building coaching to maximize a community’s potential to effectively serve victims of all forms of human trafficking.

The Center is a coaching and development hub assisting organizations and tribes with—

  1. building their capacity to aid victims of all forms of human trafficking,
  2. navigating the broad range of resources available to support their missions, and
  3. strengthening human trafficking service networks.

For more information about the Center, please contact OVC Deputy Director Katherine
Darke Schmitt at 202–616–7373.

Date Created: September 27, 2019