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Mandatory U.S. Department of Justice conference guidelines and policies require OVC to seek pre-approval for all conferences, trainings, and meetings. All applications must be submitted at least 135 days (4.5 months) prior to your desired training date.

Prior to applying for assistance, please call 1–866–682–8822 and ask to speak with an OVC TTAC Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) specialist.

Prior to applying for training, please call 1–866–682–8822 and ask to speak with an OVC TTAC Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) specialist.

OVC, through OVC TTAC, provides an array of standardized, face to face trainings on topics relevant to victim service providers and allied professionals. Trainings range from 1 to 3 days. OVC offers these trainings to build skills in a particular topic for providers in a community, state, or region in order to build the capacity of participants to serve crime victims. Some topics are delivered through blended learning, a combination of virtual and face to face training. If you would like training on a topic that you do not see in the list of standardized trainings, please submit an application for assistance through the Customized Technical Assistance page.

For these trainings, OVC TTAC provides the following at no cost to you or the participants:

  • Two instructors
  • Onsite coordinator
  • Instructor training materials
  • Participant Manual for each participant.

OVC TTAC will identify the approved instructors for the requested training. Approved instructors are familiar with the curricula and, in many cases, helped to develop the materials. You will be responsible for covering any costs for the training facility and audiovisual and other equipment. All participants must attend in person.

You will need to submit all proposed written marketing materials (paper or electronic) to OVC TTAC for approval prior to disseminating. Marketing materials should include the OVC-approved training description and description of target audience. Keep in mind the required audience size when developing marketing materials. Please note that OVC/OVC TTAC logos may not be used in any event promotional materials.

Mandatory U.S. Department of Justice conference guidelines and policies require OVC to seek pre-approval for all conferences, trainings, and meetings. All applications must be submitted at least 135 days (4.5 months) prior to your desired training date.

Prior to applying for assistance, please call 1–866–682–8822 and ask to speak with an OVC TTAC Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) specialist.

Before you apply for a training in your community, please review the following information to make sure that your request will meet the general and training-specific eligibility requirements.

General Eligibility Requirements

  • The organization applying for assistance is an established public or private nonprofit organization with an existing track record of providing services to victims of crime.
  • The assistance will expand the capacity of the organization to effectively address the needs of victims in the community or geographic region that it serves.
  • The requested assistance is not provided by another federal organization, including via an ongoing or recent grant.
  • The requested assistance falls within the mission and funding priorities identified by OVC.
  • The organization applying for assistance will contribute resources or funds toward the delivery of the requested assistance.

Training-Specific Eligibility Requirements

  • Guarantee a minimum number of participants to attend the training. Participants may be from your agency and/or from a coalition of local or regional agencies. The minimum and maximum numbers may vary by training, but average from a minimum of 30 to a maximum of 40 participants. OVC TTAC can provide guidance on optimum numbers for each training topic.
  • Coordinate local marketing and send invitations and/or marketing materials that include the requirements for successful completion of the training.
  • Provide a complete participant contact list and submit it to OVC TTAC 3 weeks prior to the training.
  • Secure an appropriate training facility that meets OVC TTAC facility requirements (criteria will be provided) at no cost to OVC TTAC. You will be asked to submit facility photos in lieu of a site visit by OVC TTAC and secure a backup facility in the event of an emergency that precludes the use of the original facility. The training facility should be within close proximity to reasonably priced restaurants if the requester is not providing a free or participant-paid lunch.
  • Provide audio-visual equipment and Internet connection at no cost to OVC TTAC. Audiovisual equipment includes a laptop with MS Office 2007 Word and PowerPoint, an LCD projector and screen, external speakers so that video clips will be audible, flipcharts, easels, and markers.
  • Provide on-site copying services in order for the onsite coordinator to make any necessary copies for CEU purposes.
  • Identify a suitable hotel near the training facility for housing the OVC TTAC instructors, an onsite coordinator, and training participants who may need overnight accommodations at the prevailing government rate. OVC TTAC will cover lodging fees for instructors and the onsite coordinator. You will need to inform your participants from out-of-town of the recommended hotel so they can make reservations.
  • Provide information about ground transportation options to and from the training facility if not at a local hotel.
  • Confirm the minimum number of participants 3 weeks prior to the start date of the training. In the event that OVC TTAC must cancel instructors due to low registration, you will be ineligible to apply for training for 24 months.

It is to your benefit to work with your local/regional victim service providers, allied professionals, State Victim Assistance Academy leaders, and VOCA administrators to ensure that you make the most of your opportunity by requesting a training that is truly needed in your area, and that has the greatest chance of attracting the required number of participants.

Please note: OVC TTAC is federally prohibited from providing technical assistance that may be used to participate in, support, or advocate for the legalization or practice of prostitution.

Mandatory U.S. Department of Justice conference guidelines and policies require OVC to seek pre-approval for all conferences, trainings, and meetings. All applications must be submitted at least 135 days (4.5 months) prior to your desired training date.

Prior to applying for assistance, please call 1–866–682–8822 and ask to speak with an OVC TTAC Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) specialist.

OVC offers the following comprehensive and practical skill-building curricula delivered by subject matter expert consultants. Click on each title to view a summary of the training content.

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Title Length CEUs Flier
1 Day .7 CEU Download Flier [PDF, 151KB]
The goal of this 1-day training is to identify the five individual elements of resiliency and explore how they can be implemented in an organization through policies, supervisory techniques, and training.
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2 Days 1.1 CEUs Download Flier [PDF, 151KB]
This training will explore self-care techniques as well as strategies managers can use to help ensure balance and self-care for those that they supervise. By participating in case studies, role-playing, and other interactive exercises, you will learn how to recognize the symptoms of compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma, develop resilience and healthy coping skills, and create a professional and personal care plan to minimize the risk of compassion fatigue in your work.
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2 Days 1.4 CEUs Download Flier [PDF, 151KB]
This training is appropriate for individuals who design and deliver curricula, who are involved in the planning and development of training, or have some background in either adult education or instructional design. In this 2-day training you will first listen to skills-based lectures, then practice what you have learned in large-group activities, and end by creating a training module for your own organization. The goal is to strengthen your abilities to design, implement, and evaluate your training programs.
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2 Days 1.3 CEUs Download Flier [PDF, 151KB]
This training is intended for law enforcement officers, SAFE/SANE medical personnel, and victim advocates to help strengthen collaboration in a team response, from the initial crime scene to prosecution of sexual assault cases. During the training participants will identify and collect DNA evidence at a simulated crime scene.
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* If you are considering offering this training as a Training by Request (TBR), please note that two additional training rooms will be required for a training activity on the afternoon of the second training day.
2 Days 1.3 CEUs Download Flier [PDF, 150KB]
This training provides a comprehensive overview of crime victims' rights and the advocate’s role in enforcing those rights. In this interactive training you will analyze a hypothetical case scenario and actively explore how victims’ rights can be exercised during pretrial proceedings, during trial, and in relation to sentencing, parole, and other post trial proceedings. Participants will develop an individual action plan for applying the new information to their own organizations so that victims will better understand their legal rights and the actions they can take to enforce those rights.
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2 Days 1.4 CEUs Download Flier [PDF, 151KB]
This training is designed for professionals working in victim service organizations that rely at least in part on grant funding. The goal of this training is to provide the information and skills you need to identify grant opportunities, write successful proposals, and navigate the federal funding process and basics of grant management. A walk-through of federal funding Web sites and practice working with scenarios and a sample case study will keep you fully engaged and motivated.
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2.5 Days 1.6 CEUs Download Flier [PDF, 267KB]
This training is designed for victim advocates and other allied professionals. Through interactive exercises you will learn to recognize the risk factors for and indicators of elder abuse among older persons; name the types of elder abuse, relevant statutes, and responsibilities of a mandated reporter; and intervene appropriately and collaborate with other organizations and agencies involved with elder abuse. You will also practice techniques for communicating with older adults, explore the challenges and benefits of working on a multidisciplinary team, and develop a blueprint for collaboration based on a case study.
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4.5 Hours .4 CEU Download Flier [PDF, 151KB]
This training provides an overview of the most current trauma-focused, evidenced-based treatments and tools for child welfare workers and CPS professionals. Your understanding of these assessment tools and treatments is essential in order to provide support and referrals for children who faced violence.
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1 Day 0 CEU Download Flier [PDF, 151KB]
This training is designed to enhance the capacity and ability of mental health professionals to assist victimized children and adolescents by disseminating the best available science and research on violence, trauma, and trauma-focused assessment tools and mental health treatments.
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2 Days 1.2 CEUs Download Flier [PDF, 151KB]
This training is designed for leaders and program managers at all levels of experience. Topics include the basics of leadership as well as advanced concepts such as emotional intelligence, feedback and conflict resolution, teambuilding, and change leadership within different organizational cultures.
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2 Days 1.2 CEUs Download Flier [PDF, 151KB]
This training is designed for program managers, directors, or other allied professionals who have primary responsibility for the development, monitoring, and evaluation of direct services and other programming. The user-friendly, interactive exercises give you the information, skills, and tools you need to participate in the planning and implementation of an ongoing evaluation of your programs and services. Improved skills in reporting the results to your various stakeholders can help raise public awareness and attract funding for the services you provide.
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2.5 Days 1.6 CEUs Download Flier [PDF, 149KB]
Cultural competence is a core requirement in the field of victim assistance because crime can happen to anyone in any neighborhood. This interactive, 2.5-day training addresses cultural barriers such as stereotyping, value differences, communication styles, and language and interpreter bias, and prepares victim advocates to provide effective service delivery within diverse communities and to recognize and value the diversity of their clients who are victims of crime.
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2 Days 1.4 CEUs Download Flier [PDF, 152KB]
This training will provide victim advocates and allied professionals with knowledge and skills needed to effectively support and work with LGBTQ-identified people, communities, and survivors, and translate the knowledge and skills into a defined action plan for themselves and their agencies. The training will help participants strengthen their knowledge of the obstacles LGBTQ people experience in seeking victim services and explore how best to overcome or alleviate these obstacles.
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2 Days 1.4 CEUs Download Flier [PDF, 154KB]
This training begins with interviews of several survivors of homicide victims. They tell their stories of grief, trauma, and ultimately – resilience. The case study of one of the survivors is threaded throughout training to help participants understand how one survivor coped with the devastating grief resulting from the homicide of a family member, and the resilience that helped alleviate the pain and lead to healing.
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* If you are considering offering this training as a Training by Request (TBR), please note that you must arrange a panel discussion.
2.5 Days 1.4 CEUs Download Flier [PDF, 151KB]
This training is designed primarily for sexual assault advocates/counselors who are volunteers or staff at rape crisis centers. Others who may benefit include nurses, physicians, law enforcement officers, and professional counselors who do not have specific sexual assault training. Through case studies, role-playing, and other interactive exercises, you will build the basic skills necessary to provide competent, effective crisis intervention services to sexual assault victims/survivors effectively and sensitively.
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2 Days 1.2 CEUs Download Flier [PDF, 150KB]
This training is designed for current and potential program managers who want to learn and practice skills that will help them plan strategically and effectively for their organizations. The training includes modules on the basic steps of strategic planning: getting your organization ready, determining where you want your organization to go, putting the plan into action, and communicating and marketing your plan.
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2 Days 0 CEU Download Flier [PDF, 151KB]
This training is designed for community-based victim service providers, health and medical personnel, law enforcement, and allied professionals. Through video testimonials, discussions, and small group activities, you will develop an understanding of military life and how to work within the military structure to better serve military victims of sexual assault.
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2 Days 1.3 CEUs Download Flier [PDF, 151KB]
This training is designed for victim advocates who want to develop knowledge and skills to provide appropriate services for children experiencing trauma and grief as a result of violence. You will examine how children perceive death, how they process grief and trauma, and how you can recognize the signs of grief and trauma in children and support their recovery. Using a multidisciplinary team approach, victim service providers, mental health professionals, and law enforcement can improve existing services and create new opportunities to support child living with grief.
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3 Days 2.0 CEUs Download Flier [PDF, 151KB]
This training is designed for victim service providers, advocates for people with disabilities, self-advocates, and allied professionals. Using case studies and small group discussions, you will examine the prevalence of crime against people with disabilities, perceptions of the criminal justice system, tenets of the disabilities movement, and the impact of disabilities on daily life. Through collaborative activities you will identify ways the various agencies, organizations, and systems can work together to better serve crime victims with disabilities.
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2.5 Days 1.4 CEUs Download Flier [PDF, 151KB]
This training for trainers is just what you need if you develop and deliver training but do not have a formal background or extensive experience in adult education or instructional design. Through interactive exercises and practice sessions, you will strengthen your knowledge and skills to plan, develop, implement, and evaluate high quality training programs. As a practical application you will present a portion of a training and receive feedback on your training skills.
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* If you are considering offering this training as a Training by Request (TBR), please note that a second training room will be required for a training activity on the afternoon of the second training day.

Mandatory U.S. Department of Justice conference guidelines and policies require OVC to seek pre-approval for all conferences, trainings, and meetings. All applications must be submitted at least 135 days (4.5 months) prior to your desired training date.

Prior to applying for assistance, please call 1–866–682–8822 and ask to speak with an OVC TTAC Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) specialist.

What is OVC TTAC's role in relation to OVC?

OVC TTAC delivers and supports training and technical assistance for the victim services field on behalf of the Office for Victims of Crime.

What topics can be requested?

OVC TTAC provides instructor-led trainings on an array of topics relevant to the field of victim services. All training is intended to assist requesting organizations in improving direct services to victims of crime. If you would like training on a topic that you do not see in the list of standardized trainings, please call 1–866–682–8822 to speak with an OVC TTAC TTA specialist.

More information about the available training topics can be found on the Descriptions tab.

Who is eligible for OVC TTAC training?

All victim service providers, criminal justice professionals, and allied professionals (e.g., mental health, medical, clergy) can apply for training. Public agencies, nonprofits, or other organizations providing services to victims are eligible to apply for training, as well.

Note: Federal agencies can contact OVC if they are interested in bringing trainings to their agencies.

What is the difference between training and Customized Technical Assistance?

Instructor-led trainings in OVC TTAC's standardized trainings directory cannot be customized. Customized Technical Assistance allows applicants the ability to tailor the request to fit their agency's needs.

What does OVC TTAC provide for the trainings?

OVC TTAC will provide two instructors, an onsite coordinator, all training materials for the instructors, and a manual for each participant at no cost to the local requester.

Why are training applications due 135 days prior to the event date?

Training applications are due at least 135 days prior to the date of the event to (1) ensure that OVC TTAC has enough time to process your request, (2) ensure that OVC has enough time to review the application and make a funding decision, and (3) complete the U.S. Department of Justice mandatory pre-approval. OVC TTAC must receive your complete and accurate application at least 135 days (4.5 months) prior to your desired training date – NO EXCEPTIONS.

Can I open the training to other organizations in my community?

Yes. OVC TTAC encourages the requester to coordinate closely with their local/regional victim service providers, allied professionals, State Victim Assistance Academy leaders, VOCA administrators, state domestic violence and sexual assault coalitions, and Human Trafficking Task Forces, etc., to ensure that they make the most of their opportunity by only requesting a training (a) that is truly needed in that area, (b) where the requester has the greatest chance of meeting the minimum number of participants required, and (c) to ensure that the training has a diversity of participants. In addition to ensuring a more successful and engaging training, such collaborative efforts will support local networking and communication efforts. Please note that each training topic has a maximum number of participants.

You may create and disseminate promotional materials in your community. You will need to submit all proposed written marketing materials (paper or electronic) to OVC TTAC for approval prior to disseminating them. Marketing materials should include the OVC-approved training description and description of target audience. Please note that OVC/OVC TTAC logos may not be used in any event promotional materials.

If my organization already received OVC funding for training and technical assistance within the last 12 months, can I apply again?

Yes. You are able to apply for capacity building assistance if your organization successfully implemented the previous assistance. Please note, OVC's resources are limited, and OVC may not be able to support technical assistance requests that do not build capacity more than once per year.

I am an OVC discretionary grantee, can I still apply for OVC TTAC assistance?

Yes. OVC TTAC will contact your OVC grant monitor to determine if you are eligible for support. OVC may also contact your grant monitor if your funding was awarded by another federal agency addressing victims’ issues.

Can we earn continuing education units (CEUs)?

Yes. The list of standardized trainings details which trainings provide an opportunity to earn CEUs. After a training is approved, an email will be sent to all participants detailing learning objectives, program content, learning outcomes and expectations, CEU FAQs and requirements, including pre-assignments, and a mandatory pre- and post-assessment. The OVC TTAC onsite coordinator will supervise the onsite CEU process and will make participants aware of all onsite requirements for CEUs. Any questions regarding the CEU pre- and post-training can be directed to training@ovcttac.org.

Can I download electronic copies of the materials if I am not able to host or attend a training event?

No. To gain full benefit from these trainings, participants must attend in person. Because OVC's trainings are based on adult learning theory, much of the participants' learning occurs as a result of activities and interactions with other participants and instructors. For this reason, OVC and OVC TTAC do not make training materials (either electronic or paper-based) available to those who do not participate in trainings.

Do I have to host the event in a hotel?

No. The training facility does not have to be a hotel. The facility for training must be secured at no cost to OVC TTAC and meet the Training Site Requirements (see page 4 of the Training Application). Some examples of other successful training facilities include conference rooms inside an office building, donated office space, church facilities, etc.

Does the applicant have to be present during the training?

Yes. The training applicant must be present for the entire training. This helps with quality control as well as having the ability to observe the training in its entirety.

How are the consultants/trainers chosen?

OVC TTAC maintains a database of skilled consultants and expert trainers who have experience in delivering OVC instructor-led trainings. Upon receipt of your application, an OVC TTAC TTA specialist will match your organization's needs with qualified, enrolled consultant candidates. OVC makes the final decisions on the consultants assigned to complete the training.

How will I know that OVC TTAC has received my application?

Upon the receipt of your training application, OVC TTAC sends a confirmation notice via email within 48 hours. If you have not provided an email address, OVC TTAC will fax the confirmation notice. If you do not receive a confirmation in the specified timeframe, please contact OVC TTAC immediately by phone at 1–866–682–8822.

What happens after I submit my application?

OVC TTAC assigns your application to a TTA specialist for processing. The TTA specialist will contact you to conduct a needs assessment and will work with you to locate an enrolled OVC TTAC consultant to fulfill your request. The TTA specialist will compile all the information regarding your application and send it to OVC. OVC will review the application materials and make a decision. Once OVC makes a funding and consultant decision, your TTA specialist will contact you.

Who makes the decision on the training applications?

OVC makes all final approval decisions on training applications and consultant selections.

How long does it take for OVC to make a funding decision?

In general, OVC and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) make a funding decision within 4-5 weeks of OVC TTAC's submission of the final and complete application file for OVC and DOJ review. Please note that it can take OVC TTAC up to 3 weeks to finalize your application paperwork before submitting it to OVC for approval.

If my application is approved, how are the consultants and onsite coordinator fees and travel expenses handled?

OVC TTAC will contract directly with the consultant and work with the onsite coordinator for all expenses (e.g., lodging, consulting fees, airfare, M&IE). These established fees may not be used to subsidize additional funding already anticipated or allocated for support of assigned consultants.

If OVC approves my application, what are my organization's responsibilities to OVC TTAC?

Your organization will be responsible for:

  • Keeping your TTA specialist informed of any changes with your event (e.g., date change, workshop time change, cancellation, postponement, location change),
  • Obtaining and sending a list of training attendees to OVC TTAC, and
  • Completing a feedback form and returning it to OVC TTAC within 2 weeks following the event.

Please note: Failure to notify OVC TTAC of any changes or use of any promotional materials in advance may void the OVC approval for part or all of the requested support. Once approved, you may create and disseminate promotional materials. Also, please note that OVC/OVC TTAC logos may not be used in any event promotional materials.

Mandatory U.S. Department of Justice conference guidelines and policies require OVC to seek pre-approval for all conferences, trainings, and meetings. All applications must be submitted at least 135 days (4.5 months) prior to your desired training date.

Prior to applying for assistance, please call 1–866–682–8822 and ask to speak with an OVC TTAC Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) specialist.

Organizations may request any training listed on the Descriptions tab – to be held no sooner than 135 days (4.5 months) from the date of your request – NO EXCEPTIONS. If your training is not listed on the Descriptions tab, please submit your request through the Customized Technical Assistance page.

Apply Online

To apply for training, please complete the Online Application Form.

Upload a Signed Cover Letter
A signed cover letter from your organization's executive director or other senior staff should be submitted along with your application. This letter must be printed on your organization's letterhead; must feature a manual (not electronic) signature; and should inform OVC of—

  1. The event essentials (who/what/where/when).
  2. Your organizational and/or community needs specific to the requested support.
  3. The benefits you expect out of this technical assistance, if it is approved.

To complete your existing application, please login to access your application.

Apply by Mail, Fax, or Email

Note: If you submit your training application by mail (USPS), fax, or email, OVC TTAC must receive it no later than 135 days prior to your desired start date.

To apply by mail, download and complete the application form below:

Training Application (PDF 41 kb | MS Word 177 kb)

Send your completed application form and cover letter to OVC TTAC at the address, fax, or email listed below.

Mail: OVC TTAC
Attn: Training
9300 Lee Highway
Fairfax, VA 22031–6050

Fax: 703–225–2338

Email: TTAC@ovcttac.org