Victim Advocacy Resources

Role of the Victim Advocate

This video training was created by NRCAC in collaboration with Western Regional Children's Advocacy Center as an orientation tool for both current and incoming MDT members. This training highlights the importance of victim advocates, what victim advocates do for children and families, and the role of the victim advocate on the MDT.

Victim Advocacy Guidelines, 2019

Victim Advocacy Guidelines will help you expand and enhance your Victim Advocacy services. It was developed by the Regional Children’s Advocacy Centers, in collaboration with NCA and the National Children’s Advocacy Center (NCAC).


NOVA Victim Assistance Academy

The first in-person Training Academy is scheduled for Winter 2017. For more information visit the NOVA website.

Training for Advocates Working in a Child Advocacy Center

Core 3 day training, available in Duluth on specific days. Contact the First Witness Child Advocacy Center for more information.

Victim Advocacy in the Child Advocacy Center

Core 3 day training, available in Huntsville, AL on specific days. Customized on-location available upon request. Contact the National Children’s Advocacy Center for more information.


Accreditation Bootcamp

Accreditation Bootcamp is designed to provide an overview of the accreditation process, provide participants with a framework for developing their application, and help them understand what to expect during a site visit.

Child Victim Web

This is a free online course comprised of eight 1-hour modules. The topics covered include: Scope, impact, assessment, and development of evidence based treatment plans for victimized youth and their families.

EduNet 2.0 Webinar Series

Midwest Regional EduNet is a series of expert lectures on a variety of multidisciplinary topics. They are free of charge and are available for all MDT members.

NCAC Virtual Training Center

Free online trainings are offered on a variety of topics featuring experts on child abuse-related topics. These webinars can be viewed live or through an archive of recorded sessions.

NOVA Victim Assistance Academy

The NOVA Victim Assistance Academy (NVAA) is a forty-hour live distance learning training for aspiring and new victim assistance professionals.

Victim Assistance Training

VAT Online is a foundational Web-based victim assistance training program that offers victim service providers and allied professionals the opportunity to acquire the essential skills and knowledge they need to more effectively assist victims of crime.

Other Resources

A Guide for Friends and Family of Sexual Assault Survivors

The Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape released this guide to help friends and family of sexual assault survivors understand their loved one's trauma and its potential effects, as well as how to help prevent sexual violence.

Confidentiality Laws by State

pdf document listing out a Summary of U.S. State Laws Related to Advocate Confidentiality.

Field Guide to Family Advocacy

Children's Advocacy Center's of Mississippi and West Virginia Child Advocacy Network have collaborated in creating a comprehensive document, the Field Guide to Family Advocacy, to help build a knowledge foundation for the Victim Advocate. There is also a companion manual for supervisors to use to help the advocates they supervise effectively utilize the Field Guide.

Field Guide to Family Advocacy

National Child Traumatic Stress Network

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) brings a singular and comprehensive focus to childhood trauma. NCTSN’s collaboration of frontline providers, researchers, and families is committed to raising the standard of care while increasing access to services. Combining knowledge of child development, expertise in the full range of child traumatic experiences, and dedication to evidence-based practices, the NCTSN changes the course of children’s lives by changing the course of their care.

National Children's Advocacy, @copy; 2016. Victim Advocacy: A Selected Bibliography

This bibliography was prepared by the research librarian of the National Children’s Advocacy Center’s Child Abuse Library Online (CALiO™) in consultation with the NCAC forensic interviewers for the purpose of research and education, and for the convenience of our readers.

The Advocates Guide for Working with Parents of Children who have been Sexually Abused

This guide is designed for sexual assault program advocates working with non-offending parents and/or caregivers of children who have experienced sexual assault. The suggestions and strategies are intended for use with children under the age of 13.

Serving Teen Survivors: A Manual for Advocates

By the National Sexual Violence Resource Center

Victim Advocacy Services Linkage Agreement, RCAC, 2019

Victim Rights Laws by State

VictimLaw is a searchable database of victims' rights legal provisions including federal, state, and territorial statutes, tribal laws, state constitutional amendments, court rules, administrative code provisions, and summaries of related court decisions and attorney general opinions.


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