The Office for Victims of Crime facilitates training through the OVC Training and Technical Assistance Center (OVC TTAC), cooperative agreements with partner organizations, and grantees, to assist the field in building its collective capacity to serve crime victims. Select from the following options to learn more about these opportunities.
OVC Training and Technical Assistance Center Opportunities
OVC TTAC provides comprehensive training, technical assistance, and other support to assist the field in building its collective capacity to serve crime victims.
OVC TTAC continues to expand OVC’s outreach through in-person and Web-based trainings. This requires ongoing capacity building to better serve victims and address the enduring and emerging issues in the field.
- Training is available through an array of standardized courses and webinars, and face-to-face trainings on topics relevant to victim service providers and allied professionals.
- The National Victim Assistance Academy (NVAA) uses a blended learning approach to provide an intensive, interactive learning experience for professionals and volunteers who assist victims and survivors of crime. Its programs include Victim Assistance Training Online and the Advanced Skills Institute, Leadership Institute, and Advanced Trainer Institute.
- A variety of webinars and other online trainings are available to complete at your convenience.
- Instructor materials are available for presenters who are providing training in specialized topic areas.
- The Professional Development Scholarship Program offers scholarship support for multidisciplinary teams, victim service professionals, and others in the field with at least 1 year of experience to attend victim-focused trainings and conferences that will enhance their ability to work with victims of crime.
- Customized training and technical assistance (TTA) is offered to meet your organization’s needs. All TTA is designed to help you build capacity in a variety of settings and improve the quality of the services you offer victims of crime. In addition, TTA is also provided to a variety of stakeholders by supporting the work of OVC’s grant recipients involved in services for human trafficking victims, promoting collaboration and communication among human trafficking task forces, and building capacity among general victim service providers, allied professionals, and the general public. Visit the Human Trafficking web page for more information.
- Attorneys, victim service providers, victims, and the general public can access VictimLaw to search victims' rights' statutes, tribal laws, and other legal information.
To learn more about OVC TTAC, visit www.ovcttac.gov and sign up to receive notifications about future training events.
Legal Assistance for Crime Victims
OVC TTAC works collaboratively with national experts to offer TTA opportunities to the legal community. OVC TTAC provides attorneys with the tools they need to increase their knowledge of crime victim issues and their capacity to provide pro bono or no-cost legal representation to crime victims.
Visit the OVC TTAC website to learn more about Legal Assistance for Crime Victims TTA opportunities.
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Discretionary Grantee Orientation Series
The OVC Discretionary Grantee Orientation Series is geared toward grantees and provides information about OVC, grant management, financial and legal responsibilities, grant requirements, special conditions, program measurement, and more. The material is available in a series of four webinars. After viewing each webinar, please complete the corresponding evaluation.
In this first webinar, former OVC Director Joye E. Frost, and Sharron Fletcher, OVC Lead Victim Justice Program Specialist, present on OVC, the Crime Victims Fund, and the Office of Justice Programs’ Grants Management System. Additionally, grantees receive post-award instructions and learn about special conditions of the OVC grant award.
Watch the Getting Started webinar (wmv 28 mb, 60 minutes, November 2012).
Financial and Legal Responsibilities
The second webinar focuses on the financial management and legal responsibilities of the grant award and is geared toward all discretionary grantees. Participants hear from the Office of the Chief Financial Officer and learn about allowable costs and withholdings, the top 10 audit findings, financial reports, conference cost approvals and reports, and other related items. The Office of the General Counsel also instructs grantees on their legal responsibilities as grant recipients.
Watch the Financial and Legal Responsibilities webinar (wmv 44 mb, 93 minutes, November 2012)
The third webinar focuses on the programmatic aspects of grant management and is geared toward all discretionary grantees. Participants learn about what a good progress report looks like, details on the special conditions that come with some grants, the Grants Management System, and more critical topics related to managing the award. The webinar also highlights resources that grantees can access through the OVC TTAC and the OVC Resource Center.
Watch the Grant Requirements webinar (wmv 34 mb, 65 minutes, December 2012).
The fourth and final webinar in the 2012 OVC Discretionary Grantee Orientation Series discusses the performance measures of the award, evaluating the program, and closeout instructions. This webinar is geared toward all discretionary grantees.
Watch the Measuring Success webinar (wmv 37 mb, 78 minutes, January 2013)
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VOCA Administrators Training and Technical Assistance
The VOCA Administrators Training and Technical Assistance web page provides resources to help improve the management of Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) funds.
State Victim Assistance Academies Training and Technical Assistance
Training and technical assistance, for both prospective and established State Victim Assistance Academies (SVAAs), is available through the SVAA Resource Center, operated by the National Center for Victims of Crime.
Contact the SVAA Resource Center at 202–467–8700 or SVAATTA@ncvc.org to learn more.
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