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To support victim service agencies and allied professionals during these challenging times, OVC TTAC is temporarily accepting applications submitted 60 days prior to your desired start date.

If you are unsure which training option best fits your organization's training needs, please call 1–866–682–8822 and ask to speak with an OVC TTAC TTA Specialist.

You can also email OVC TTAC at to schedule a phone call to discuss your interest in training and technical assistance.

Training and Technical Assistance

OVC, through OVC TTAC, offers free training and technical assistance on a wide range of topics relevant to victim service providers and allied professionals. Free training and technical assistance (TTA) options are listed below.

Before you apply, please call 1–866–682–8822 and ask to speak with a Training and Technical Assistance Specialist to discuss the available TTA options, your eligibility, and the application process, including important timelines for applying. You can also email us at

After we receive your application, a TTA Specialist will work with you to develop and submit your request to OVC for review and approval. OVC will cover all consultant costs if your application is approved, including consulting fees and travel expenses.


Customized Training
  • You can choose this training option if you are interested in training that is tailored to address specific needs or interests identified by your agency, allies, or other stakeholder groups. We will work with you to create learning objectives and content that meets your training needs.
  • The customized training can be a half-day, several days, or a short series of training sessions. The topic and elements of the request will determine the length and format of the training. Some recent examples of customized training include:
    • Providing Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Victim Services
    • Planning for Sustainability and Diversifying Funding
    • Working With LGBTQ+ Survivors
    • The Impact of Traumatic Grief on Friends and Family Members
    • The Roles of Historical Trauma and Cultural Humility on Court Appointed Services for Child Victims
    • Overcoming Barriers to Collaboration
  • Your application for customized training must be submitted at least 60 days before your anticipated training date.
Standardized Training
  • You can choose this training option if you would like to select from a catalog of "ready to deliver" trainings on a wide range of topics that build skills in a particular area.
  • The training length varies from 4 hours to 3 days.
  • If approved, OVC will provide instructors, an onsite coordinator, and a manual for each participant.
  • Continuing Education Units (CEU) are available through OVC TTAC for these trainings. More information about CEUs is available here.
  • These trainings require a minimum number of participants, and other training site requirements are listed here (PDF, 154 KB).
  • Your application for standardized training must be submitted at least 60 days before your anticipated training date.

Technical Assistance

OVC offers free customized technical assistance to victim service organizations, allied professionals, or individual providers to support the delivery of effective services to all crime victims. Technical assistance builds on an organization's existing strengths to enhance skills and provide new tools to meet challenges and improve services.

Technical assistance is provided by an experienced subject matter expert and may be provided as one-to-one or group consultation, coaching, or training. This support may be provided in-person, via phone or email, virtually, or as a combination. The length and frequency of the technical assistance varies and depends on the scope and complexity of the focus area.

Some recent examples include technical assistance that focused on:

  • Board Development
  • Strategic Planning
  • Sustainability
  • Program Evaluation
  • Victim Assistance and Response to Incidents of Mass Violence

Your application must be submitted at least 60 days before the date you would like technical assistance to begin.

Speaker Support

If you are organizing a conference or an event with shorter sessions, consider applying for Speaker Support.

  • This option is available for shorter presentations (3 hours or less).
  • This option is most often requested for conference plenary sessions or workshops.
  • Speaker Support may include having a consultant participate in a panel presentation or a consultant with lived experience present on the impact of the crime and their journey to recovery.
  • Your application for speaker support must be submitted at least 60 days before your anticipated training date.

What is capacity building?

Capacity building refers to the process of identifying the internal and external barriers that inhibit victim services organizations, allied professionals, or individual providers from delivering effective services to all crime victims, and building on existing strengths, enhancing skills, and providing new tools to overcome those barriers. TTA specialists will conduct a thorough needs assessment to maximize the use of OVC's resources to build capacity.

Got Questions?

Phone: 1–866–OVC–TTAC
TTY: 1–866–682–8880