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Trainings for Victim Service Providers


The Crime Victim Services Section (CVS) is working to revamp trainings in this post-pandemic era. The section is studying needs and exploring options for trainings in 2023. Please continue to watch for updates and details.

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

The Crime Victim Services Section does plan to offer the BASICS course within the next year. Specifics are being developed.

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). 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.

Victims' Rights Training

The Ohio Crime Victim Justice Center hosts regular Marsy’s Law training. Information can be found here.

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.