VAT Online is a foundational, Web-based victim assistance training program that offers victim service providers and allied professionals the opportunity to develop the essential skills and knowledge they need to assist victims of crime more effectively. VAT Online has four sections: Basics, Core Competencies and Skills, Crimes, and Specific Considerations for Providing Victim Services.
- The Basics section includes information that all victim service providers must know, including victims' rights and the justice systems, which provides a foundation for victim services.
- The Core Competencies and Skills section includes modules such as basic communication skills, confidentiality, and advocacy.
- The Crimes section includes the characteristics and prevalence of crime, and other information about crimes including sexual assault, elder abuse, and child abuse and neglect.
- The Specific Considerations for Providing Victim Services section includes information and skills to serve populations such as LGBTQ populations, campus/university victims of crime, and victims of sexual assault in the military.
The VAT Online training is part of the NACP pre-approved training list. This training meets the requirements for the Introductory Advocacy Training area that can be used to apply for the National Advocate Credentialing Program (NACP). View a complete list of all of the VAT Online modules and their lengths. To meet the minimum requirements for the NACP Provisional Level, completion of 40 hours from the VAT Online training is required. NACP requires a transcript that indicates that 40 hours of training has been completed. Click here to access your transcript.
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