Washington Coalition of Crime Victim Advocates

Strengthening crime victim rights and improving victim services

Washington State Victim Assistance Academy
(30 Hour Pre-Service Core Advocacy Training)


The highly acclaimed and Nationally recognized, Washington State Victim Assistance Academy (30 Hour Pre Service Core Advocacy training) is designed to provide new crime victim service center advocates and allied professionals with the foundational knowledge necessary to serve victims of all crimes. There is no charge to attend and this training meets the requirements outline by the Office of Crime Victims Advocacy.

Attendees are often those new to advocacy or new to their positions in an advocacy center and have been designed to specifically meet new advocates’ needs although; anyone is welcome to attend a core training.

This training is intended to be taken in its entirety and modules build off of each other.

Topics covered include:

  1. History of the crime victims’ rights movement in the United States
  2. Victims’ Rights Laws in the United States and in Washington
  3. Impact of crime on victims
  4. Navigating the Justice System
  5. Communication with Victims and Survivors
  6. Providing Direct Services
  7. Cultural and Spiritual Competence
  8. Ethics in Victim Services
  9. Developing Resilience
  10. Resources for Victim Advocates

Upcoming Victim Assistance Academy Training Dates

Washington State Victim Assistance Academy

April 5-9

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Victim Assistance Training Center


Washington State Victim Assistance Academy

August 2018

Yakima, WA

Dates and times to be announced

Washington State & National Victim Assistance Academy

April 18-June 13 (every Wednesday)

There are two class options, a morning class, 9AM-1PM EST or an evening class 5PM-9PM EST


This is a forty-hour live distance learning training for aspiring and new victim assistance professionals. Offered through the National Advocacy Leadership Center (NALC), this unique academy provides comprehensive, skill-based training through an innovative on-line platform.

This training meets the requirements outline by the Office of Crime Victims Advocacy

There is no cost for Washington State Crime Victim Service Center Advocates to attend. 

There are a limited number of seats available! If you would like to attend, please contact WCCVA staff today!

  • CONVENIENT: Expanded access to learning for victim service professionals who may have schedule, geographical or physical limitations with accessing more traditional academies.
  • SKILL-BASED: Students receive comprehensive, skill-based training in an innovative on-line classroom.
  • INTERACTIVE: Small class sizes allow students to interact directly with faculty and classmate, as well as participate in role plays, group exercises, all in real time from their home or office.
  • UNIQUE: Direct access to over 20 nationally-recognized Subject Matter Expert (SME) Faculty Members. See our dynamic faculty members in action!
  • VALUABLE: Pre-approved by the National Advocate Credentialing Program (NACP)®.

Victim Assistance Academy Online -

Victim Assistance Training Online is a foundational Web-based victim assistance training program that offers victim service providers and allied professionals the opportunity to acquire the essential skills and knowledge they need to more effectively assist victims of crime. VAT Online has four sections: Basics, Core Competencies and Skills, Crimes, and Specific Considerations for Providing Victim Services.

  1. 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.
  2. The Core Competencies and Skills section includes modules such as basic communication skills, confidentiality, and advocacy.
  3. The Crimes section includes the characteristics and prevalence of crime, and other information about crimes including sexual assault, elder abuse, and child abuse.
  4. 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.

If you do not see a training that meets your needs, please contact WCCVA staff and we will do our best to accommodate you!

Photo: WCCVA Advocate Training Center, Olympia WA

WCCVA Trainers

WCCVA Training Faculty

Jeralita (Jeri) Costa

Meg Garvin