Victim Advocacy Skill-Building

Enhance your knowledge and skills with comprehensive content emphasizing evidence-based victim advocate procedures.

All simulations and scenarios you engage in — for both the online and on-site courses — are built on real-world experiences. All showcase the primary sexual assault issues, problems and challenges you may typically confront.

To help you best solve each scenario or challenge, the program provides you with the best practices and approaches used today by your peers throughout the country.

Polish your professional expertise by practicing the best practices for victim-centered justice.

Pressed for time? No problem. You can complete your online coursework at your convenience and your own pace.

There Are 5 Courses in the Online Victim Advocate Curriculum

All courses are required. Only Course 2 is scored.

Course 1: Building a SART

Become familiar with the SART and how the SART and SANE models have developed. Learn how a SART benefits the victim and about the reporting, investigation and prosecution of sexual assault.

Lesson 1 : Crime and Justice

Challenge 1: Crime and Justice
Challenge 2: Building Your SART
Challenge 3: Know Your Role

Lesson 2: SART in Action

Challenge 1: Law Enforcement and Sexual Assault
Challenge 2: The Victim Advocate and Sexual Assault
Challenge 3: The SANE and Sexual Assault
Challenge 4: The Crime Lab and Sexual Assault
Challenge 5: The Prosecutor and Sexual Assault

SART Webinar

Presenter: Dr. Linda Ledray —Introduction to the SART Concept
Webinar Handout

Course 2: Victim Advocacy Skill-Building

Learn the role and responsibilities of the Advocate in meeting the needs of sexual assault victims by providing appropriate emotional support and timely information, and interfacing with representatives from law enforcement and the legal community.

After completing each lesson, you’ll view a webinar featuring a subject matter expert who builds on the topics covered in the preceding lesson. There are a total of eight webinars. A handout provided by the subject matter expert will be available for download after you view each webinar.

Lesson 1: The Victim Advocate

Challenge 1: Roles and Responsibilities

Webinar 1

Presenter: Michelle Corrao —An Advocate’s Story
Webinar 1 Handout

Lesson 2: The Victim Advocate

Challenge 1: Advocating for the Victim

Webinar 2

Presenter: Nancy Dunlap — LE Victim Interview
Webinar 2 Handout

Lesson 3: The Advocate, the Victim and the Evidentiary Exam, Part 1

Challenge 1: Part 1

Webinar 3

Presenter: James Markey —LE Crime Scene
Webinar 3 Handout

Lesson 4: The Advocate, the Victim and the Evidentiary Exam, Part 2

Challenge 1: Part 2

Webinar 4

Presenter: Dr. Linda Ledray —SANE Team
Webinar 4 Handout

Lesson 5: The Advocate, the Victim and Law Enforcement, Part 1

Challenge 1: Part 1

Webinar 5

Presenter: James Markey —LE Suspect Interview
Webinar 5 Handout

Lesson 6: The Advocate, the Victim and Law Enforcement, Part 2

Challenge 1: Part 2

Webinar 6

Presenter: Misty Marra —Role of the Crime Lab/DNA/DFSA
Webinar 6 Handout

Lesson 7: The Advocate, the Victim and The Legal System

Challenge 1: Support Through a Trial

Webinar 7

Presenters: Bob Laurino, J.D. and Patti Powers, J.D. —Trial Preparation
Webinar 7 Handout

Lesson 8: Alcohol and Drug-Facilitated Sexual Assault

Challenge 1: Dealing with DFSA

Webinar 8

Presenter: Bob Laurino, J.D. —Trial Preparation
Webinar 8 Handout

Course 3: SART Member Interviews

This series of interviews will be of interest new and prospective SART members who want to learn from the experts: a SANE, law enforcement officers, victim advocates, prosecutors and a DNA specialist. Each interviewee shares perspective on the importance of a victim-centered response, holding offenders accountable, and helping prevent sexual violence. The interviews were recorded at the Sixth National SART Training Conference in Austin, Texas.

Course Video Library

1. SART Member Interviews 
2. Advocate Crisis Intervention with Victim 
3. Advocate-Victim Follow-Up Meeting
4. Law Enforcement 911 Response Victim Interview 
5. Law Enforcement Interview with Victim 
6. Law Enforcement Interview with Suspect

Course 4: SART Meeting, Kearney, NE

Members of the Kearney, Neb., SART gather regularly for an update meeting. They discuss their challenges and the process of working together to seek justice for victims. As a result of their efforts, this small community has seen an increase in sexual assault reporting and successful prosecutions.

Course 5: Break the Silence: Sexual Assault and the SART Solution

SART members in rural and Native American communities, as well as those served by the SART, share their experiences about the severity, complexity and impact of sexual assault, and the power of a SART to care for and  seek justice for victims.


Use Break the Silence as a SART awareness tool in your community
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  • Tuition: $600
  • Active Military: $200
  • CEUs: 32