Victim Advocate Training

Helping Sexual Assault Victims Navigate the Criminal Justice System

This online training on is free and available to you to complete at your own pace in your own space. You can read modules in whatever order you like and return to your place in the training at any time.

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Victim advocates play a critical role in many aspects of victims’ lives and decisions in the aftermath of a sexual assault. One area in which victims may seek advocates’ advice is whether to engage with the criminal justice system at all.  If they do report the crime, victims often want to know what to expect in the several phases of what can be a long and challenging process. Helping Sexual Assault Victims Navigate the Criminal Justice System and its companion state-specific guide provide the information advocates need to be able to respond to victims’ questions about the criminal justice system in advocates’ own jurisdictions. The course begins with an overview of the magnitude of issues surrounding sexual assault in our society. Sexual assault is epidemic across the country and inflicts profound harm on victims, yet it is vastly under-reported and under-prosecuted.

Helping Sexual Assault Victims Navigate the Criminal Justice System is a supplement to the victim advocate training you have received, it is not meant to be a substitute for victim advocate training. This training assumes that you already have that background and can relate this training’s explanation of the criminal justice system to your role and experience as an advocate.  Additionally, this training does not count toward the training hours or requirements in order to be certified as an advocate in any state.

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