The Office for Victims of Crime Training and Technical Assistance Center’s Victim Assistance Training Online is a foundational Web-based victim assistance training program. This free, self-paced training offers victim service providers and allied professionals the opportunity to acquire the essential skills and knowledge they need to assist victims of crime more effectively.
It features real-life scenarios and engaging videos in four areas:
- The Basics section includes information that all victim service providers must know, including victims’ rights and the justice system, which provides a foundation for victim services.
- The Core Competencies and Skills section includes modules such as basic communication skills, confidentiality, and advocacy.
- The Crimes section includes the characteristics and prevalence of crime, and other information about crimes including sexual assault, elder abuse, and child abuse.
- The Specific Considerations for Providing Victim Services section includes information and skills to serve specific populations, including American Indians and Alaska Natives, children and youth, and persons with disabilities.