Victim Assistance Training Online (VAT Online) is a basic victim advocacy Web-based training program that offers victim service providers and allied professionals the opportunity to acquire the basic skills and knowledge they need to better assist victims of crime.
Redesigned VAT Online now available
No costs attached. VAT Online is free training you can take at your own pace.
Engaging interactions. We’ve developed engaging online interactions to help reinforce the content, including real-life scenarios, videos, and more.
Information you need to know. 19 modules with up-to-date information will help strengthen your knowledge and skills to assist victims of crime, including:
Crisis intervention
Problem solving
Assessing victims’ needs
Criminal justice system
More content to come. New content will be released on specific crimes and the needs of special populations in the coming year.
OVC's Training and Technical Assistance Center (OVC TTAC) provides training to support professional development, enhances services to the community, and expands outreach to underserved victims of crime.
Here's how to get started
Visit the VAT Online page to learn more about the training.
Once registered, you can enroll in the training in less than 5 minutes.
Let your colleagues know that this free training is available to help those new in the field, or as a refresher for experienced professionals.
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OVC shares your mission and has a wide range of resources to help you accomplish it. Visit the National Criminal Justice Reference Service online at to register for services or to find out more.