The Indiana Victim Assistance Training Project’s mission is to develop and provide a comprehensive, accessible, diverse and affordable training series, available to all professionals who serve victims of crime in Indiana.

Training Information – Basic Academy

The Indiana Victim Assistance Basic Academy is an entry-level program providing affordable training to those who provide direct services to victims of crime. The Basic Academy is a hybrid model academy featuring both virtual and in-person sessions. The Indiana Victim Assistance Training Project intends to host two Basic Academies in 2022.

The Academy is open to anyone who:
1. Is employed by a government or non-profit agency who provides direct services to crime victims
2. Has held their current position for three years or less.

There is no charge to attend the Academy. Accepted students are required to participate fully and complete all sessions. Lodging assistance is available to accepted students who need to travel over 50 miles round trip to attend the in-person sessions.

This 40-hour program is designed to accommodate busy schedules by limiting the number of in-person classroom days and providing the remaining curriculum through webinars.

Modules are scheduled over the course of three weeks. Over the course of each academy, students will attend four in-person, classroom days at the locations listed below:

Next Scheduled Academy: June 7 – 24
In-Person Days will be June 9 & 10 and June 23 & 24 at the Ivy Tech Culinary Conference Center in Indianapolis, IN
This Academy session will run Tuesdays through Fridays, with Mondays off
Application period will be March 28 – April 22, 2022.
To apply click here.

Second Scheduled Academy: August 15 – September 1
In-Person Days will be August 17 & 18 and August 31 & September 1 at Ivy Tech Culinary Conference Center in Indianapolis, IN
This Academy session will run Mondays through Thursdays, with Fridays off
Application period will be June 13 – July 8, 2022.
Please see this space on June 13 to access the application.


ICADV Training: Wages & Hours for Non-Profits on April 29, 2022

Are you a director or supervisor of a non-profit organization? Have you ever scratched your head and wondered if you have to pay someone over-time?  Do you know which of your employees are exempt and nonexempt? Are you sure???

Join us on April 29th from 12:00-1:30 pm EDT for the webinar Wages and Hours for Non-Profits.  Presenter Nancy Townsend, partner Krieg Devault LLLP, will delve into the Fair Labor Standards Act and how that applies to nonprofits, overtime wages, employee benefits, and more.

Some of the questions Ms. Townsend will address include What is the FLSA and does it apply to non-profits? What is the difference between exempt and nonexempt employees? Under what conditions can I utilize unpaid services from volunteers? Are nonprofits required to provide paid vacation or paid sick leave? If the FMLA applies to my organization, which employees are covered? Can I entice prospective hires with a signing bonus? What about keeping employees with a retention bonus?  

This webinar is free to attend, but you must register in advance.  

Registration link:

Executives and administrators of a non-profit or government organization that provides direct services to victims of crime in the state of Indiana.

Advanced Subject Training – Developing an Inspiring & Supportive Workplace Culture

Developing an Inspiring & Supportive Workplace is an advanced subject training for individuals who manage or supervise victim assistance or services staff.

This two day, in-person program was developed by faculty at the Paul H. O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University.  The program focuses on creating a workplace culture that supports retention of victim service providers. There is no charge to attend the program, but space will be limited.

This will be a 2-day in-person workshop taking place on Tuesday & Wednesday, May 3 & 4. The workshop will take place in the Indiana Community Action Association building, 1845 W 18th St, Indianapolis, IN 46202 . Click on the link below for more information and the program application.

Topics and takeaways:

  • Superior Listening Skills
  • Conflict Management and the Psychological Contract
  • Mentoring & Coaching
  • Psychological Safety
  • Recruitment
  • Onboarding & Talent Retention

This training is FREE, but you will need to register in advance. To complete the application click here

Scholarship Opportunities

IN Victim Assistance Training Project Scholarship Program
The Indiana Victim Assistance Training Project is pleased to announce the availability of scholarships to further the knowledge and skills of those who provide direct services to Indiana victims of crime. Scholarships are available to attend national training events which are related to an applicant’s responsibilities for serving victims of crime.

To be eligible for an award, applicants must provide direct services to victims of crime and be employed by a non-profit or government agency. Applicants must have at least one year of experience serving victims of crime.  Priority will be given to applicants who work with victims from communities that are historically marginalized and underfunded.

For more information on this scholarship opportunity, please consult the resources below:


Click the titles listed below to be directed to the appropriate web page.

Indiana 2-1-1    Dial 2-1-1 or (866) 211-9966

Aunt Bertha  Search by zip code for free or reduced cost services like medical care, food, job training, housing, and more.

Indiana General Assembly Locate statutes and pending legislation. 

Indiana Victim Compensation Form 

Indiana Sex and Violent Offender Registry  

Indiana Department of Corrections Victim Services Division

IN Department of Correction Offender Locator 

IN Savin Department of Corrections victim notification system   

Indiana Vine County Jail victim notification system

Indiana Institute for Working Families- Indiana Self-Sufficiency Standard Calculator with Case Manager Area 

Career One Stop   Sponsored by the U.S. Department of  Labor, this site provides resources for  finding a career, training and  a job. Includes a search engine for  up to date job postings.

Vanderburgh County Crime Victim Resources

Indiana Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline: 1-800-800-5556

Child Abuse Reporting Public Online Training and Information  

Child Advocacy Centers in Indiana

Indiana Youth Services Association

Youth Service Bureaus deliver community based juvenile delinquency and family support programming.  List of services providers in Indiana

National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline or call 1-866-331-9474

The National Dating Abuse Helpline operates 24/7 and provides services through  text, phone, and live chat. Advocates provide support, education and advocacy to those involved in abusive relationships as well as concerned family and friends or service providers. Provides information on bullying and cyberbullying as well as a guide for seeking assistance.

Reporting Elder Abuse  | State hotline: 1-800-992-6978 or contact the local APS unit

LAVA Project (Legal Assistance for Victimized Adults)    | Phone: 317-829-3104  or 1-800-869-0212  extension 2292

U.S. Administration on Aging Elder Care Locator

Indiana Coalition to End Sexual Assault and Human Trafficking 

Indiana Sexual Assault Service Provider Directory

National Sexual Assault Hotline (In English) (In Spanish)

Anyone affected by sexual assault can find support from To speak directly, call the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 800.656.HOPE (4673) to be connected with someone over the phone who can help.

Safe Phone Helpline

For military members . A Safe Helpline user can access one-on-one support, peer-to-peer support, information, resources and self-care exercises 24/7 to aid in their recovery. Access services online or by calling  877-995-5247.

1 in 6

National helpline for men who were sexually abused or assaulted. 1 in 6 offers a wide range of information and services for men with histories of unwanted or abusive sexual experiences, and anyone who cares about them. Resources include a 24/7 online helpline where men and the people who care about them can chat one-on-one with a trained advocate and free and confidential weekly online support groups for men who have experienced sexual abuse or assault.

National Sexual Violence Resource Center

The Sexual Assault Response Team Toolkit is designed to support SARTs in all aspects of their work, including practical tips for effective teamwork, ideas for expansion, tools for identifying what is most important in each community, best practices, and connections to technical assistance providers to guide development and improvement.


Cyber Civil Rights Initiative

The CCRI Crisis Helpline provides information, guidance related to image documentation and takedown, referrals to attorneys, and emotional support to victims of Nonconsensual Pornography, Recorded Sexual Assault and sextortion.

CCRI Crisis Helpline (844-878-CCRI) (844-878- 2274) 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  Website includes an online image removal guide in addition to other resources.

National Human Trafficking Hotline: 1-888-373-7888

Provides callers with a range of comprehensive services, including crisis intervention, urgent and non-urgent referrals, tip reporting, and comprehensive antitrafficking resources and technical assistance for the anti-trafficking field. For more information, click here. 

Indiana Youth Services Association

The Indiana Trafficking Victims Assistance Program works to identify and provide comprehensive services to victims (24 and under) of trafficking or sexual exploitation. Statewide.

Human Trafficking Victim Services providers in Indiana

Online Referral Directory of anti-trafficking organizations and programs that offer emergency, transitional, or long-term services to victims and survivors of human trafficking as well as those that provide resources and opportunities in the anti-trafficking field.

Office on Trafficking in Persons 

Provides a drop down menu of services that are available to victims.

Ascent 21

Trauma recovery services for teen victims of sexual trafficking. Includes case management, residential, and community based services.

Services Available to Human Trafficking Victims

 A resource guide published by the US Department of Health and Human Services. Includes suggestions for locating community resources for food, shelter, clothing, and other assistance. 


Purchased will pair survivors with an older female community mentor who will meet with her approximately once per week to link her to community resources, work on socialization and academic or career skills, help with child rearing, share a meal, or just provide a listening ear and have fun.

Subtab : Awareness/Education/Advocacy

Blue Campaign                      

Polaris Project

Shared Hope International:

International Justice Mission:

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration    

Indiana Family and Social Services Administration Indiana Addiction Treatment Locator  

Indiana Community Mental Health Centers

 Community Mental Health Centers provide mental health and addiction services to persons with a serious mental illness and/or a substance use disorder. The target population are Hoosiers with the most need and least able to access care having no insurance or underinsured with limited income to 200 percent of poverty level. The CMHCs are required by Indiana code and by contract with the DMHA to offer a full continuum of mental health and addiction services.  Click here for list of locations. 

Vet Center Locations Provide a broad range of counseling and other services for military veterans. 

Locations serving Indiana:

  • Gary: 219-736-5633
  • Southbend: 574-231-8480
  • Fort Wayne: 260-460-1456
  • Cincinnati area: 513-763-3500
  • Louisville area: 502-287-6710
  • Evansville: 812-473-5993
  • Indianapolis 317-988-1600

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255

The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress or their loved ones, prevention and crisis resources. 

The Trevor Lifeline Call 1-866-488-7386 or TEXT Start to 678678

Crisis intervention & suicide prevention for LGBTQ youth.

SAMSHSA Disaster Distress Hotline 1-800-985-5990  or text “Talk With Us” to 66746

Provides immediate crisis counseling to people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human caused disaster.

Legacy House (Marion County) 317-554-5272 or 317-880-1472                                                       

Provides trauma-informed care to adults and children affected by all types of violent crimes at no cost to the victim. 

Community Health Network- Grief & Bereavement Services 

Offers support groups and initial grief counseling.

National Alliance for Grieving Children

A nonprofit organization that raises awareness about the needs of children and teens who are grieving a death and provides education and resources for anyone who supports them. Provides a list of Indiana bereavement programs that serve children and adolescents.

The Dougy Center 

The National Center for Grieving Children and Families. The Dougy Center  provides resources and information for  persons suffering from the death of a loved one. Including a search engine for finding local  grief support programs. They address  a broad scope of grief and are not solely focused on crime related deaths.

Click here for their grief  support program finder

The Trevor Lifeline (crisis intervention & suicide prevention for LGBTQ youth)  Call 1-866-488-7386, Text Start to 678678

National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs 212-714-1141

We operate a free, bilingual (English/Spanish), 24-hour, 365-day-a-year crisis intervention hotline (212-714-1141) that is staffed by trained volunteers and our professional counselor/advocates to offer support to LGBTQ & HIV-affected victims and survivors of any type of violence. Our hotline is also available to service providers who want support in working with an LGBTQ or HIV-affected survivor.


Counseling and other community resources for central Indiana.

Mosaic Health           

Provides health care and emotional support for the LGBTQ Community

Indiana Family and Social Services Administration Resource Guide

Family &  Social Services (Deaf & Hard of Hearing Services)

Indiana Disability Rights

Can provide legal and other resources to assists person whose civil rights have been denied due to a disability

Aspire Deaf Services       

Offers a full range of behavioral health services to Deaf, Deaf-Blind, Hard of Hearing and Late-Deafened individuals.

Indiana Chapter of Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf 

Provides list of  ASL interpreters.


Offers advocacy services to Deaf and hard of hearing survivors of Domestic Violence/Sexual Violence in Indiana. Also offers education and outreach services.


Directory  that provides links and contact information for healthcare, advocacy, accessibility, and other disability-related resources and services across the state.     

Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles

Parking placards.

ADA Greatlakes  or call 800-949-4232

The Great Lakes ADA Center  can answer question about  rights or obligations under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Service Animals 

ICADV – Locate Indiana Service Providers

Locate Batter Intervention Programs   

National Domestic Violence Hotline  or call  800-799-7233; 800-787-3224 (TTY)

The Hotline advocates assist victims, and anyone calling on their behalf, by providing crisis intervention, safety planning and referrals to local service providers.  Advocates are available to speak with victims in over 200 languages.  Resources provided on the website  include safety planning tips for specific circumstances such as when children or pets are involved.

Strong Hearts Native Helpline  

The StrongHearts Native Helpline (1-844-762-8483) is a culturally-appropriate domestic violence and dating violence helpline for Native Americans, available every day from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. CT. StrongHearts advocates offer crisis intervention, safety planning, refferals, education and advocacy.

National Network to End Domestic Violence  Technology Safety  for Survivors 

Technology Safety & Privacy: A Toolkit for Survivors. Safety tips, information, and privacy strategies for survivors on the use of technology. Includes a technology safety plan guide.

The Stalking Prevention, Awareness, and Resource Center (SPARC) Resources for victim service providers. Including a 22 page guide for advocates  on responding to victims of stalking.


Exodus provide services to refugee newcomers from the point of arrival to self-sufficiency. A refugee is a person who, owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group, or political opinion, is outside the country of his nationality, and is unable to or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself of the protection of that country. This can include victims of human trafficking.

 Immigration Advocates Network      

Provides a  directory of Indiana Immigration Legal Services .

Immigration Legal Resource Center.

“Living in the United States: A Guide for Immigrant Youth”  Contains a compilation of resources for immigrant youth  prepared by the Immigrant Legal Resource Center.

Indiana Court Services  Certified Interpreter Registry

FSSA ( Deaf and hard of hearing only)

Central Indiana Interpreting Service

South Central Indiana Interpreting ( Deaf & Hard of Hearing only)

Midwest Association of Translators and Interpreters ( Directory)

LTC Language Solutions

Continental Languages ( Northwest Indiana)

American Translator Association ( Directory)

International Association of Professional Translators and Interpreters (Directory)

Language Line

These links are provided to assist you in finding resources. ICADV/ the Indiana Victim Assistance Training Project does not warrant the quality of services provided.

Webinars and Online Training

Office for Victims of Crime Training & Technical Assistance Center

Online training programs       

Online Victim Assistance Training: VAT 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.

Identity Theft Victim Assistance Online Training Supporting Victim’s Financial and Emotional Recovery: Program provides knowledge and skills to more effectively serve victims of identity theft and assist with their financial and emotional recovery.


Online Elder Abuse Training for Legal Service Providers: Training program for legal aid and civil attorneys has four modules that offer a variety of information, tools, and resources to identify and respond to elder abuse, including Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, Financial Fraud and Exploitation, Ethical Issues and Practical Strategies, and What Every Legal Services Lawyer Needs to Know About Elder Abuse.

Polyvictimization in Later Life: Focuses on awareness of polyvictimization in later life and providing knowledge and skills to address the needs of victims.

Understanding Human Trafficking Training

Offers foundational learning on trauma-informed and victim-centered approaches to human trafficking.

Archived webinars: Offers an extensive array of webinars on a variety of topics.

End Violence Against Women International

OnLine Training Institute: The OLTI offers the opportunity for interested professionals to expand their knowledge of cutting edge developments in the criminal justice and community response to sexual assault, with particular emphasis on those crimes committed by someone who is known to the victim ( i.e., non-strangers).
Webinar archive: Provides a multitude of webinars on a variety of topics related to sexual assault including the Neurobiology of Sexual Assault.

International Association of Chiefs of Police

Online Training Portal: The training portal offers courses for law enforcement and criminal justice professionals to gain knowledge and training on specific course topics. Includes archived webinars.

Library of Human Trafficking Training, Tools, and ResourcesA Searchable Database of Resources Related to Combating Human Trafficking is a compilation of more than 500 in-person and online trainings, webinars, workshops, tools, articles, blogs, checklists, and other resources to better inform anti-human trafficking efforts. This library includes resources which are no or low cost to law enforcement, prosecutors, and judges. While targeted for these groups, these resources may also benefit their multidisciplinary partners.

National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (NRCDV)


Provides an Online Resource Library on Gender-Based Violence and webinar calendar.    

Resource Center on Domestic Violence Child Protection and Custody
National Children’s Advocacy Center

The NCAC Virtual Training Center (VTC) offers a wide range of FREE online training opportunities for child abuse professionals. NCACvtc includes live and archived Webinars and Recorded Trainings.

National Center on Domestic Violence Trauma and Mental Health
National Center on Elder Abuse

Technical Assistance Request

If you are in need of assistance related to any upcoming Victim Assistance Trainings or anything else related to victim advocacy, please fill out the following form. A representative from ICADV will respond to your request as soon as they are able.

The Victim Assistance Training Project is supported under VOCA Grant No. 2018-V3-GX-0028 awarded to the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence by the Office For Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this product are those of the contributors and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.

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