The Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence, in conjunction with the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute, implements the Indiana Victim Assistance Training Project. The Training Project’s 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.

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. Previously the Training Project offered Developing an Inspiring and Supportive Workplace Culture which was provided in 2021 & 2022. This year we have expanded the series with a new program, Leading with Resilience. There is no charge to attend the program, but space is limited.Leading with Resilience is a two-day in-person event that will take place in Indianapolis/Fishers on September 19-20, 2023.

Working with Immigrants & Refugees Affected by Crime

The Indiana Victim Assistance Training Project is pleased to announce that we will be holding a one-day training on September 27, 2023, for experienced victim advocates and others who provide direct services to victims of crime.

The program Working with Immigrants & Refugees Affected by Crime will outline the holistic view of an immigrant, refugee and asylum seeker and how social services can provide necessary support to their clients of this target population. Participants will learn the differences between the terms immigrant, refugee, and asylum seeker. Participants will also receive practical information on culture and best practices in service provision and mental health. Participants will also learn practical communication skills when providing services with the assistance of a professional interpreter.”

Working with Immigrants & Refugees Affected by Crime will be held in Indianapolis on September 27, 2023, beginning at 9:00 a.m. and ending at 5:00 p.m. Lunch will not be provided. Our featured presenters, Melissa Grossman, Natalie Borjas, and Ashle Kibiger provide services through Amani Family Services in Fort Wayne. Please select the registration link to view their bios.

There is no cost to attend the program, but space is limited and you must register in advance.

Click here to register

Training Information – Basic Academy

The Indiana Victim Assistance Basic Academy is an entry- level training program that takes place over three weeks and provides 43 hours of content through webinar and classroom instruction. It is open, free of charge, to anyone employed by a government or non-profit entity who provides direct services to victims of crime and has held that role for three years or less.

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 a week.

2023 Academy Dates

June 12-29, 2023

  • In-person days are June, 14-15 and June 28-29
  • Application process for these dates is closed

August 14-31, 2023

  • In-person days are August 16-17 and August 30-31
  • Application process for these dates is closed


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 

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 Youth Services Association

Indiana Department of Education – Provides 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. Also includes tip sheets on SNAP and other benefits.

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

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

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 Answers provides 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 a variety of topics.

That’s Not Cool is an interactive website for teens that focusses 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.

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.

Indiana Courts self-service resource page includes court forms, online protective order information and child support guidelines and calculator –

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 –

Indiana State Bar Association online attorney directory  –

Indiana Coalition for Court Access

Indiana Legal Services

Free Legal Answers Indiana

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:

Peer recovery support through Indiana 211 Be Well Indiana. Video overview of the program.

Transportation to addiction treatment through Indiana 211. News coverage of the program.

Mental Health America – Has 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 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

Rental housing locator 

Provides help in finding subsidized apartments, Public Housing and Choice Vouchers – Department of Housing and Urban Development

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program

US Department of Treasury – Find rental assistance in your area

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

Family Promise of Hendricks County – Provides housing, stability services and homelessness prevention.

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 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  – 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 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 juveniles cases –

Indiana Latino Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence accessible only by Facebook at this time but that is subject to change.

Mexican Consulate – Renew 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.

Indiana Court Services  Certified Interpreter Registry

FSSA ( Deaf and hard of hearing only)

Central Indiana Interpreting Service

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

National Association of Judiciary Interpreters and Translators (NAJIT) http://  See list of Federally Certified Interpreters by state

Indiana Department of Health, Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Education 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 housing

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

Beacon of Hope Crisis Center –

Humane Indiana provides for crisis fostering of pets in Northwest Indiana.

The Anti-Cruelty Society provides for emergency shelter and foster care for the Chicago area.

Monroe County Humane Association Provides emergency housing.

Humane Society of Saint Joseph County provides emergency housing.


Pet Food Pantries or Pet Owner Assistance

Almost Home Humane Society Tippecanoe County

Ark Animal Rescue & Adoption Lagrange

Best Friends Food Pantry Wasbash County 260-901-9334

The Bluffton Wells County animal Shelter 260-824-6063

The Brown County Humane Society

The Chow Pantry, Inc  Brownsburg

Ernie’s Heart Pet Food Pantry Madison County or 765-425-5407

Fort Wayne Pet Food Pantry, Allen Count

Friends of Indianapolis Dogs Outside ( FIDO)

Friends of LaPorte County Animal Shelters 219-380-3081

Good Samaritan Network Hamilton County

Humane Society for Hamilton County

Hedricks County Animal Shelter

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.

Archived webinars: ICADV maintains a library of recorded webinars focused on violence prevention, advocacy skills, housing, and legal issues. The button below will take you to 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:

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
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.

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.

Together, we can end domestic violence.

We believe that violence is preventable. When we come together, we create real change in the lives of individuals and in our communities. Join us in the movement to make Indiana a state that is safe, inclusive, and equitable for everyone.