Indiana Victim Assistance Training Project

The Indiana Victim Assistance Training Project was created to develop and promote professional skills and knowledge for those who work directly with victims of all crimes. Its mission is to develop and provide a comprehensive, accessible, diverse and affordable training series that is available to all professionals who serve victims of crime in Indiana and to encourage & support longevity in the field of victim service. Guidance is provided by a multidisciplinary steering committee.

The Training Project will be offering an in-person training opportunity for experienced advocates in 2024. More information is listed below. Applications for the second session are now open and will close on July 9 – make sure to apply today!

Training Information – Basic Academy

Central to the Training Projects work is a provision of the Indiana Victim Assistance Basic Academy. This is an entry-level training program designed for people who are new to the field of victim services. It takes place over three weeks and provides 41 hours of content through a mix of webinars and in-person, classroom instruction. The Academy is open, free of charge, to anyone employed by a government or non-profit entity who provides direct services to victims of crime and who has held their current position for 3 years or less.

Over the 3 weeks, students receive training from seasoned professionals in a broad variety of subjects. Topics include basic advocacy skills, core competencies, crimes, and specific considerations for providing victim services. Please see the document below to learn more about the academy.

Successful graduates of the program are eligible for the National Advocacy Credentialing Program Provisional Credential. For more information, please visit


The Academy will be provided twice in 2024. Dates for the two academies are listed below. Application for session one is closed. Session two applications are now being accepted – apply before July 9 to be considered! Find the application below.

  • First Academy Dates
    • June 3-21, 2024
      • In-person dates are: June 5,6,20 &21
    • Applications are closed for this session. Applications for the next session are now open – find the application below.
  • Second Academy Dates
    • August 12-29, 2024
    • In-person dates: August 14,15,28 &29
    • Application is now open – apply before July 9 when the application window closes!

In-person sessions will be held in Indianapolis.

Leading with Resilience

The Indiana Victim Assistance Training project strives to encourage & support longevity in the field of Victim Service by sponsoring a series of programs that assist supervisors in creating positive work environments that inspire retention. Based on the results from the Indiana Victim Service Retention Survey, this program was developed to assist those in leadership positions in developing resiliency within their organizations.

Leading with Resilience incorporates three key components to building effective resilience behaviors and strategies: Individual, Team and Organizational. Concepts presented will include understanding individual resilience characteristics, helping team members build resilience, and implementing steps to build a culture of resilience.

This is a two-day, in-person program taught by faculty from the Indiana University Executive Education Program. Leading with Resilience will be offered once in 2024 and is offered at no cost to participants.

The 2024 session will be held on September 9 and 10, 2024. The program will be held in Indianapolis/Fishers.

Application information will be available here just before June 24, 2024.

Applications will be accepted June 24-July 19, 2024.


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

Find help  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 

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   

Vinelink Provides jail and out-of-state custody information

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 Youth Services Association

Indiana Department of EducationProvides the list of rights guaranteed to homeless children through the McKinney-Vento Act and a link to the McKinney-Vento Liaisons for each school district. It also includes tip sheets on SNAP and other benefits.

U.S. Department of EducationLinks to information and regulations for the  Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of EducationTitle IX overview and link to filing a complaint

Office for Victims of CrimeProvides Child Victims and Witnesses Support materials created by the Office for Victims of Crime. The downloadable materials provide support to children of all ages.

Child Care AnswersProvides a portal to find quality child care in central Indiana, services for free one-on-one support and a resource center with guides and self-help materials on various topics.

That’s Not Cool is an interactive website for teens that focuses on developing healthy relationships. The website includes resources and a peer social hub. Sponsored by Futures Without Violence.

HERO’S Story Time  Helping Every child Reach Optimum Success, is a series of children’s books with accompanying material that helps parents encourage the development of positive traits, such as self-esteem., which help children to develop healthy relationships.  Family Service Association of Howard County and Purdue Extension. Free downloads to Discussion and Activity pages

We Can Be Problem Solvers! Free downloadable book to help young children develop positive conflict resolution skills.

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. Website includes an online image removal guide in addition to other resources. Help is available through the website or by calling the CCRI Crisis Helpline: (844-878-CCRI) (844-878- 2274) 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  

Indiana Courts Self-Service Resource Page – Includes court forms, online protective order information, and child support guidelines and calculator.

Free Legal Answers Indiana – The Indiana Bar and American Bar Association sponsor a web-based program that allows clients to ask a question about their civil legal case which is answered by a volunteer attorney.

Resource Center on Domestic Violence: Child Protection and Custody – Includes publications and videos for survivors who must attend court without an attorney.

Indiana State Bar Association online attorney directory 

Indiana Coalition for Court Access

Indiana Legal Services

ICADV (limited to member programs)

Tax Help for Survivors of Domestic Abuse

Immigration Advocates Network  (Legal Services Directory)

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. The Survivor’s Corner includes resources and support information that survivors can explore on their own. 


Allies provides programs for survivors including mentorship and job training.

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. 


Blue Campaign                      

Polaris Project

Shared Hope International

International Justice Mission

Indiana 211 – Peer recovery support and transportation to addiction treatment.

Video overview of the program. 

News coverage of the program. 

Mental Health AmericaHas an anonymous, online tool to help individuals determine if they may have symptoms of a mental health condition and whether it is affecting their life such that they should reach out to a mental health provider for assistance. DIY tools for coping skills are provided as well as links to treatment resources. 

Start Your  provides information and strategies for dealing with substance abuse both for the individual and those who care about them. Also includes links to Indiana rehab centers, counseling programs and support groups.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administrationprovides a treatment facility locator.

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 is 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 LocationsProvide 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: 1-800-273-8255The 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 disasters.

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

Rental housing locator 

Department of Housing and Urban DevelopmentProvides help in finding subsidized apartments, Public Housing and Choice Vouchers. 

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program

Consumer Financial Protection BureauHelpful resource sections such as Tenant and Debt Collection Rights.  A rental assistance program finder is also included. 

Family Promise of Hendricks CountyProvides housing, stability services and homelessness prevention. Rent & Utility Assistance Hotline: 317-296-3742

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.

IndyPride  – Counseling and other community resources for central Indiana.

Mosaic HealthProvides 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 Indiana     

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.

Indiana Disability Resources and Advocacy Organizations

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 Abuse 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, referrals, 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.

ExodusExodus provides 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 NetworkProvides 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.

Coalition for Our Immigrant  (COIN)Provides immigration updates for providers and hosts a resource page for immigrants and non-English speaking persons. 

Center for Victims and Human Rights (CVHR)Provides representation in humanitarian immigration matters, protective orders, joint protection orders, paternity cases, asylum and special immigrant juvenile cases.

Indiana Latino Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual ViolenceAccessible only by Facebook at this time.

Mexican ConsulateRenew or obtain documents. Also has a department for victims of crime with some legal resources.

Esperanza United (formerly Casa de Esperanza)While they provide services in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area, the website provides webinars and information for advocates serving Latin communities.

La PlazaThe goal of La Plaza’s VOCA program is to increase the safety, self-sufficiency, and independence of Latina women who are victims of domestic violence by providing case management and advocacy services in La Plaza. La Plaza offers a variety of free, confidential services to victims of domestic violence and their families.

Tahirih Justice CenterProvides trauma-informed legal representation and social services for immigrant survivors in the United States so that they can secure the rights they are entitled to and rebuild their lives. Trauma-informed legal intake line for immigrant survivors: 1-866-575-0071

Indiana Court Services  Certified Interpreter Registry

FSSA ( Deaf and hard of hearing only)FSSA sets a statewide benchmark of behavior and competency for interpreters to ensure quality, professional interpreting services that protect persons who are deaf and hard of hearing and the public from misrepresentation. DHHS issues certificates and identification cards to qualified interpreters and handles grievance procedures.

Central Indiana Interpreting Service

Midwest Association of Translators and Interpreters ( Directory)

LTC Language Solutions– LTC interpreters are highly trained and we provide a wide spectrum of services, including in-person, video, and phone services.

Continental Languages ( Northwest Indiana)Interpreters have industry-specific knowledge and experience with court proceedings, independent medical evaluations, legal depositions, business negotiations, job training and conferences, among other industries. Chicago and Northwest Indiana’s interpreter of choice.

American Translator Association ( Directory)

International Association of Professional Translators and Interpreters (Directory) 

Language Line LanguageLine is the world’s most experienced and trusted language services provider. By offering our expert language assistance 24/7/365, they make it easier to maximize employee efficiency, reduce costs, and achieve total understanding with all those you serve.

National Association of Judiciary Interpreters and Translators (NAJIT) See a list of Federally Certified Interpreters by state here.

Indiana Department of Health, Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing EducationProvides a list of interpreting agencies.

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.

Emergency Pet Housing

SOAR InitiativeProvides foster care and access to veterinary care for pets of people in crisis. Serves the Indianapolis area.

Beacon of Hope Crisis CenterProvides information about short-term pet fostering. This is not a re-homing program. The program temporarily places pet victims with foster families for up to 90 days while their owner seeks shelter, works on becoming self-sufficient, and secures permanent housing and then they are reunited with their beloved pets.

Humane IndianaProvides for crisis fostering of pets in Northwest Indiana.

Anti-Cruelty SocietyProvides emergency shelter and foster care for the Chicago area. 

Monroe County Humane AssociationProvides emergency housing for pets.

Humane Society of Saint Joseph CountyProvides emergency housing.

Pet Food Pantries or Pet Owner Assistance

Almost Home Humane Society Tippecanoe CountyOperates a pet food pantry to assist low-income families on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month. Individuals in need of pet food must fill out an application and, if approved, can receive pet food once a month. 

Ark Animal Rescue & Adoption LaGrangeProvides animal control service for LaGrange County, can provide help with accessing pet food (call 260-463-4142), will reimburse LaGrange county residents $25.00 per animal spayed or neutered within the last 6 months with proof from a vet.

Best Friends Food Pantry Wabash County260-901-9334

The Bluffton Wells County Animal Shelter260-824-6063

The Brown County Humane Society 

Fort Wayne Humane Society

Friends of Indianapolis Dogs Outside (FIDO)

Friends of LaPorte County Animal Shelters 219-380-3081

Humane Society for Hamilton County

Hendricks County Humane Society

Hendricks County Friends of the Shelter(food pantry) call 317-410-9167

Humane Society of Elkhart County

Human Society of Hobart

Humane Society of Johnson County

Lennox Legacy Rescue, Inc. Adams County

Paws of Grant County 

Mitzy’s Morsels Pet Food Pantry Madison County  765-623-5011

Monroe County Humane Association

Human Society of Saint Joseph County

Scott County Pet Pantry 812-820-1680

Scott County Humane Society

Vanderburgh County Humane Society

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.

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

Webinars and publications for Law Enforcement-Based Victim Services services are free, but you must create an account to access the programs.

Anti-Human Trafficking training and webinars

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 for Victims of Crime
National Child Traumatic Stress Network

Free e-learning courses about child traumatic stress


National Criminal Justice Training Center of Fox Valley Technical College

Provides a vast scope of programs.

Webinar Archive

Archived webinars: ICADV maintains a library of recorded webinars focused on violence prevention, advocacy skills, housing, and legal issues. Click here to access the ICADV learning management system where the archive is housed. You’ll see access to the archive on the far right or if you scroll down to the bottom of the page. You’ll need to set up an account in the LMS, and then you’ll be able to access all archived recordings, as well as materials for many of the sessions. Once you view the full recording, the system will provide access to a certificate of participation for that webinar for your records. Any questions about the webinar archive can be directed to the ICADV Training Coordinator:

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 Indiana Victim Assistance Basic Academy is supported through grants 2019-V2-GX-0014 and 2021-15POVC-21-GG-00625-ASSI awarded to the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute by the Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the contributors and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U. S. Department of Justice or the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute.

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