Texas Victim Assistance Training (TVAT)
The Texas Victim Assistance Training (TVAT) Online is a state-wide foundational victim assistance training focused on victim-centered service delivery and professional development that complements other victim services initiatives and enables new advocates to acquire baseline professional skills and competence.
Completion of the training will provide victim services professionals with the necessary tools for providing consistent and appropriate services to crime victims, working collaboratively with partner agencies when serving victims, and providing a model of professionalism for victim service practitioners who serve our community and enhance our quality of life.
TVAT Online was designed to provide an educational baseline for new victim services advocates (those with less than 3 years experience), as well as other criminal justice professionals such as probation and parole officers, attorneys, law enforcement, etc.
Length of the Training
TVAT Online is designed to be taken as the student's schedule permits. Students may log into and out of the training to review the modules on their own timeframe using the link e-mailed to them. Since TVAT Online is a web-based training, students can complete the training wherever they have access to a web browser. However, the TVAT Online training is best viewed on a desktop, laptop or tablet.
TVAT Online consists of four distinct modules, listed below. References to crime victims' rights, mandated services and statutes are current through the Regular Session of the 85th Legislative Session. Please click on the title for a description of the module.
- Module One: Ethics
This module explores how personal attitudes, values and beliefs influence response to crime victims, identifies the purpose of a code of ethics and offers an ethical decision making model.
- Module Two: Crime Victims' Rights
This module identifies who is a crime victim and what statutory and constitutional rights they have (defined by Texas statutes), and offers tips on how to assist crime victims in exercising their crime victims' rights.
- Module Three: The Role of the Victim Services Professional
This module identifies the roles of community based and system based victim services professionals, as well as mandated services and effective service delivery throughout the different stages of the criminal justice process.
- Module Four: Safety Planning
This module identifies how to assist victims with safety planning, and offers tips on how to assist victims with applying for protective orders, lease termination and relocation and/or address confidentiality.
Objectives are detailed at the beginning of each module. All modules reference websites to printable resource documents and Texas-based victim services organizations that can provide additional assistance to both new and veteran victim services professionals. For your convenience, a Links and References Document that alphabetically lists the links within the training is provided once you register. Instructions on how to "bookmark" the Links and References Document/webpage are available once you open/click on the Links and References Document tab located on the training menu. Videos of victims' statements from the Office for Victims of Crime Training and Technical Assistance Center Victim Impact: Listen and Learn, and module-specific scenarios and quizzes are also provided to emphasize the training materials.
Certificate of Completion
A certificate of completion can be generated and printed by the student once all four modules, corresponding quizzes, and the evaluation have been completed.
How to Get Started
- Registration: for new users.
Upon registering for TVAT Online you will be sent an e-mail with the URL link to access the training. You will log into the training using the e-mail and password provided at the time of registration. Should you need to log out and return at a later date, you will need to log back in using the URL link that was originally sent to you via e-mail in order to start where you left off. For further instructions on how to navigate through the training, please reference the Navigation Document tab located on the training menu.
TVAT Online will not be available on 8/30 from approximately 2pm to 4pm CDT due to updates from the State of Texas 86th Legislative Session.
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Additional Training Opportunities
To support the continued educational needs of victim services professionals, the TVAT Calendar was developed to provide information on training/events held in Texas. For more information, click here.
The TVAT Online has been funded by a grant from the Office of the Governor, Criminal Justice Division.