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Trainings for Victim Service Providers

The Crime Victim Services Section (CVS) is not currently accepting requests for trainings. CVS is exploring options to provide virtual trainings in the near future. Please continue to visit this page to learn more about future virtual and in-person trainings as they become available. 

Ohio Victim Assistance Academy

The Ohio Victim Assistance Academy (OVAA) develops and schedules trainings to offer victim service providers and allied professionals the opportunity to acquire skills and knowledge to better assist victims of crime. OVAA courses aim to build the capacity of professionals serving victims of crime by cultivating their skills, knowledge, and attitudes through skill-based training opportunities. Through a multi-discipline approach, participants will learn and practice, with advocates across the state, the essential skills needed to empower crime victims to regain control of their lives.

To request a free training for your agency or event, complete and submit the training request form at the link below. If you have questions about the trainings offered by the Crime Victim Services Section, please call 800-582-2877.

Follow this link to the Crime Victim Services Training Request Form

BASICS Training

Basic Advocacy Skills in Crime Victim Services (BASICS) is a week-long course for professionals new to the field of victim services. Participants develop skills in the areas of child abuse, domestic violence, crisis intervention, legal advocacy, trauma care and death notification.

BASICS is offered annually. Applications are made available in January and are due by June 1 every year. Applications are approved on a first come, first serve basis. For the past several years we have had a waitlist. You are encouraged to apply early.

ADVANCE Training

Advocates Dedicated to Victim Assistance and Continuing Education (ADVANCE) courses for the new and experienced professional on topics such as victim compensation, forensic interviewing, Interpersonal Dating Violence and Sexual Assault, victim rights, and navigating the criminal justice system.

Finding Words Ohio: A Child First State

Finding Words is designed to enhance the participant's ability to speak to and for abused children. The trainings are provided by the Ohio Attorney General's Office in partnership with the Zero Abuse Project (ZAP) and the Ohio Network of Children's Advocacy Centers. Each course is limited to 30 students, so apply early to increase your chance of enrollment.

Grants Regional Training

The Ohio Attorney General's Office holds annual mandatory regional trainings for recipients of VOCA and SVAA grants.

Interpersonal Dating Violence and Sexual Assault Trainings

The Ohio Attorney General’s Interpersonal Violence Response Training Team offers free trainings throughout Ohio to address the specialized response to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking. These advance courses are provided by subject matter experts in the field to provide practical strategies for first responders and community agency staff on how to support victims from initial disclosure through the possible criminal justice process and safety strategies. Registration for these courses opens 6-8 weeks prior to the training date. CLEs and Social Work CEs are available for each course.

Two Days in May Conference on Victim Assistance

This annual conference sponsored by the Attorney General’s office focuses on current trends. Experts from the field discuss their latest strategies and tools for raising awareness and tackling issues.