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Frequently Asked Questions

Are trainings offered through OVC TTAC?

Yes. 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. 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 call 1–866–682–8822 and ask to speak with an OVC TTAC Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) specialist. Please note that in-person training applications are due 135 days prior to the event – NO EXCEPTIONS.

Can my organization receive a Training and Customized Technical Assistance Program award in the same year?

Yes. You may 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.

Are online trainings offered through OVC TTAC?

Yes. OVC offers interactive training in a wide variety of subject areas. Programs are available to take on your own schedule, at your own pace, from your own computer. For a complete listing of online trainings, visit the Online Training page.

What is the National Victim Assistance Academy?

The mission of the National Victim Assistance Academy (NVAA) is to provide an intensive, interactive learning experience to develop and promote professional skills and knowledge for victim service providers. NVAA's blended learning approach includes a combination of highly interactive self-paced training, and collaborative, facilitated webinars. Continuing education units (CEUs) are awarded to participants for full participation. For more information, visit the NVAA page.

Are instructor materials available?

Yes. From supporting crime victims to building resiliency in service providers, OVC offers several curricula for instructors to use in their trainings. Visit the Instructor Materials page to find downloadable training materials in specialized topic areas.

What do I need to do to obtain customized technical assistance?

Prior to applying for technical assistance, please call 1–866–682–8822 to speak with an OVC TTAC TTA specialist.

Visit the Customized Technical Assistance page for specific eligibility requirements, application information, and FAQs. Note that requests for assistance must be complete and submitted at least 90 days prior to the date of the event - NO EXCEPTIONS.

OVC also offers Training as another option for program leaders who wish to organize a specific training for their own region.

How do I request a speaker for an event?

Speaker Support is available for conference sessions and plenary, panel, or victim impact presentations to support your meeting or conference. For more information, visit the Speaker Support page.

How do I check on the status of my CTA request?

Upon the receipt of your application, OVC TTAC sends a confirmation notice via email within 48 hours. If you did not provide 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 telephone at 1–866–682–8822 or by email at TTAC@ovcttac.org.

Can my organization receive a Training and Customized Technical Assistance Program award in the same year?

Yes. You may 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 would like to apply for a Professional Development Scholarship. Where can I find the application?

Visit the Professional Development Scholarships page for specific eligibility requirements, application information, and FAQs. Please note, applications must be submitted at least 60 calendar days prior to the date of the event - NO EXCEPTIONS.

How do I check on the status of my scholarship application?

Contact OVC TTAC by telephone at 1–866–682–8822 or by email at TTAC@ovcttac.org.

Is an OVC consultant eligible to receive a Professional Development Scholarship?

No. According to OVC Professional Development Scholarship program policies, OVC consultants are ineligible for Professional Development Scholarships whether or not they are contracted to support the event in question.

How do I become a consultant for OVC?

Thank you for your interest in OVC’s Consultant Network. We are not accepting applications for the Consultant Network at this time. Please contact the OVC TTAC Consultant Management Team by telephone at 1–866–682–8822 or by e-mail at TTAC@ovcttac.org if you have further questions.

I am enrolled in OVC’s Consultant Network, but I haven’t had any assignments. How do I get assigned to deliver training and technical assistance for OVC? Am I really needed?

Yes, you are needed! Consultant assignments are based on the needs and requests received from the victim services field and how those needs fit with your experience and expertise. These needs and trends can also vary from year to year and from region to region. The Consultant Network is very important to OVC, which holds all consultants in high regard.

How do I access and update my OVC Consultant profile information or update my biographical sketch?

To access your OVC Consultant Network Profile, go to MyTTAC and log in using the credentials you created when you applied. If you have difficulty logging in, please contact the OVC TTAC Consultant Management Team.

I am looking for a trainer or speaker for an upcoming event in my community. Is the list of OVC Consultants in the Consultant Network posted online? How can I access the list?

Due to the sensitive nature of the work that our consultants do to serve victims of crime, and to protect privacy concerns, we do not post the list of consultants on our website; however, if you are looking for a speaker or trainer for your event, we are happy to search the Consultant Network and identify a few consultants who will meet your needs. Please contact the OVC TTAC Consultant Management Team by telephone at 1–866–682–8822 or by e-mail at TTAC@ovcttac.org

Note: If you intend on submitting a request for Speaker Support, Customized Technical Assistance, or Training for this event, you need to talk with one of the OVC TTAC Regional TTA specialists first.

I am a State VOCA administrator, where can I access resources to help me better respond to the needs of VOCA subgrantees?

VOCA administrators and other staff of State Administering Agencies can access resources on the MyVOCA Resources page. Resources include plain language compensation materials, National Victim Assistance Academy leadership training resources, two webinars on elder victimization issues, and information on the VOCA Mentoring Program, among others.

I am an attorney, where can I access resources to help me better serve victims of crime?

Our Legal Assistance for Crime Victims page provides attorneys across the country with the tools they need to increase their knowledge base about crime victim issues and increase their capacity to provide pro bono or no-cost legal representation to crime victims.

Are there resources to enhance my capacity to address human trafficking?

Yes. Our Human Trafficking page provides an array of training and technical assistance resources to improve the response to all human trafficking survivors, including our Human Trafficking Task Force e-Guide for newly formed and established multidisciplinary task forces.

Where can I find information about funding?

OVC offers guidance on where to find funding from across the Federal Government.

Are there additional training and technical assistance resources?

Many parts of the government and nongovernmental organizations are doing wonderful work in the area of crime victimization, and we want to connect you to them.

I am interested in joining the field of victim services. What resources are available through OVC TTAC to get me started?

Start with our free Victim Assistance Training Online. It provides the essential skills and knowledge needed to effectively assist victims of crime.

How can I get help?

Help in your area is available from your State/Local Victim Compensation and Assistance programs. Assistance may come in the form of financial reimbursement or victim services. Funding support for state assistance and compensation programs comes from the Crime Victims Fund, which is administered by the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) as authorized by the Victim of Crime Act (VOCA).

Another source of help is your local victim/witness assistance program. You may contact the National Organization for Victim Assistance at 800–TRY–NOVA for a referral in your area.

Find out more in this brochure, What You Can Do If You Are a Victim of Crime, which includes a brief overview of OVC, your rights, and where you can get help.

OVC has developed a new video: If You’re a Victim of Crime, Help is Available. This video describes the help that is available for victims of crime and identifies certain victims' rights that are guaranteed in most states.

Visit the OVC website for more information on how to obtain help.

What is a learning community?

Learning communities promote information sharing, networking, and collaboration, and support specific groups and populations. These secure online communities provide easy access to tools such as templates and guidelines, and promote collaboration in order to facilitate learning.

I forgot my learning community password. Where can I get assistance?

Contact OVC TTAC by telephone at 1–866–682–8822 or by email at TTAC@ovcttac.org to obtain password assistance. You may also contact your OVC TTAC learning community administrator.

How do I sign up for OVC TTAC’s listserv?

Visit the Get E-mail Updates page to sign up for information about available training and technical assistance opportunities.

How can I access my application in MyTTAC?

To access your application, go to MyTTAC and log in using the credentials you created when you applied. If you have difficulty logging in, please contact OVC TTAC by telephone at 1–866–682–8822 or by email at TTAC@ovcttac.org.