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 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.
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: To Be Announced – Please check this space after the new year for more information
Advanced Subject Training – Children, Trauma, and Support
Children, Trauma, and Support is an advanced subject training for advocates who work primarily with child victims of crime.
Experiences in childhood matter. Numerous research studies have shown how childhood stress and trauma can impact adult health. This training will identify the link between child victimization and health and address what we can do to improve the outcomes for children.
Dr. Deanee’ Johnson will facilitate this 4-session program focused on the harm caused by adverse childhood experiences and provide ways to address the trauma by creating safe, trauma-informed environments for child victims of crime.
This is a single training taking place over 4 sessions. All 4 training sessions will be VIRTUAL.
- Wednesday, November 10, 2021 9:00 am – 12:15 pm
- Wednesday, November 17, 2021 9:00 am – 12:15 pm
- Wednesday, December 8, 2021 9:00 am – 12:15 pm
- Wednesday, December 15, 2021 9:00 am – 12:15 pm
Topics and takeaways:
- Adverse Childhood Experiences
- The Children Are Not Okay; Impact of Domestic Violence
- Working with Child Victims and Witnesses in Court
- Essentials of Trauma-Informed Care
- Incorporating Trauma-Informed Care Practices into Your Workplace
- Creating Trauma-Informed Spaces for Victims & Families Throughout the Justice System
- Post-Trial Advocacy
This virtual training is FREE, but you must register in advance. Follow This Link to Register.
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.
IN Savin Department of Corrections victim notification system
Indiana Vine County Jail victim notification system
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.
Indiana Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline: 1-800-800-5556
Child Abuse Reporting Public Online Training and Information
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.
StopBullying.gov 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 https://ddrsprovider.fssa.in.gov/APSOnlineReporting
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
Anyone affected by sexual assault can find support from online.rainn.org. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Indiana Trafficking Victims Assistance Program works to identify and provide comprehensive services to victims (24 and under) of trafficking or sexual exploitation. Statewide.
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.
Provides a drop down menu of services that are available to victims.
Trauma recovery services for teen victims of sexual trafficking. Includes case management, residential, and community based services.
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
Shared Hope International: www.sharedhope.org
International Justice Mission: www.ijm.org
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
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.
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.
Offers support groups and initial grief counseling.
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 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.
National Deaf Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Hotline Videophone: 1 (855) 812-1001
National Domestic Violence Hotline Voice: 1 (800) 799-7233 TTY: 1 (800)787-3224
National Runaway Safeline CALL 1-800-RUNAWAY, TEXT 66008
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.
Provides health care and emotional support for the LGBTQ Community
Can provide legal and other resources to assists person whose civil rights have been denied due to a disability
Offers a full range of behavioral health services to Deaf, Deaf-Blind, Hard of Hearing and Late-Deafened individuals.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Provides a directory of Indiana Immigration Legal Services .
“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 https://www.in.gov/judiciary/interpreter/files/intrprt-certified-interpreter-registry.pdf
FSSA ( Deaf and hard of hearing only) https://www.in.gov/fssa/ddrs/2712.htm
Central Indiana Interpreting Service https://ciis.us/
South Central Indiana Interpreting ( Deaf & Hard of Hearing only) https://scii-interpreting.com/
Midwest Association of Translators and Interpreters ( Directory) https://www.matiata.org/directory
LTC Language Solutions https://ltclanguagesolutions.com/interpretation/
Continental Languages ( Northwest Indiana) http://www.continental-languages.com/
American Translator Association ( Directory) https://www.atanet.org/onlinedirectories/
International Association of Professional Translators and Interpreters (Directory) https://www.iapti.org/registered_members/
Language Line https://www.languageline.com/
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
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.
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.
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 Resources: A 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.
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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