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Texas Victim Assistance Training (TVAT) Online

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Texas Victim Assistance Training (TVAT) Online is a state-wide foundational victim assistance training focused on victim-centered service delivery and professional development. TVAT Online complements other victim service initiatives and enables new victim service professionals to acquire baseline professional skills and competence.

TVAT Online offers a model of professionalism for victim service professionals who serve our community and work to improve the quality of services provided to victims. Completion of this training will provide the necessary tools needed to deliver consistent and appropriate services to victims and work collaboratively with partner agencies when serving victims.

Target Audience

TVAT Online was designed to provide an educational baseline for new victim service professionals with less than 3 years of experience. Other criminal justice professionals, such as probation and parole officers, attorneys, law enforcement, and military service providers can benefit from this training as well.

Length of the Training

Students may log in and out of TVAT Online four-hour curriculum to review the modules, at their convenience, by using the link emailed to them after registration. The training can be completed on any device with internet access; however, TVAT Online training is best viewed on a desktop, laptop, or tablet.

Training Components

TVAT Online consists of four distinct modules. References to victims' rights, mandated services, and statutes are current through the Regular 87th Legislative Session.

  • Module One: Ethics
    This module explores how personal attitudes, values, and beliefs influence our responses to victims, identifies the purpose of the code of ethics, and offers an ethical decision-making model.

  • Module Two: Crime Victims' Rights
    This module identifies statutory victims as defined by Texas law and their statutory and constitutional rights. It also offers tips on how to assist victims in exercising their rights.

  • Module Three: The Role of the Victim Services Professional
    This module identifies the roles of community-based and system-based victim service professionals, mandated services, and effective service delivery throughout the different stages of the criminal justice process.

  • Module Four: Safety Planning
    This module identifies best practices for assisting victims, including tips on safety planning, applying for protective orders, lease termination, relocation, the Address Confidentiality Program, and more.

Training Content

Each module begins with a detailed account of the training objectives and includes references to victim service organizations, websites, and other resources that provide additional assistance to new and veteran victim service professionals. Students will also hear from victims through the Office for Victims of Crime Victim Impact: Listen and Learn videos and interact with module-specific scenarios and quizzes to emphasize the training materials.

Certificate of Completion

A certificate indicating the completion of this four-hour training will become available for the student to print once all four modules, corresponding quizzes, and the evaluation are complete.


Additional Training Opportunities


Resiliency Module

Serving as a victim service professional can be incredibly fulfilling and rewarding. However, adverse effects can result from continuous interactions with people who have endured horrible criminal acts. Information, preparation, and positive self-care practices can help victim service professionals moderate any adverse effects they may experience. The TVAT Online Resiliency Module explores strategies that can help you recognize, reduce, and transform the adverse effects that may come from working with people who have suffered extreme trauma, grief, and loss. This module teaches coping practices, skills, and techniques that can help you build a resiliency program and prevent or mitigate vicarious trauma.


Additional Training

To support the continued educational needs of victim service professionals, the Integrated Victim Services System (IVSS) provides information on training/events held in Texas, upcoming/recorded webinars and more. For more information, click here.


Need Assistance?

For technical issues or questions about TVAT Online, contact tvatonline@tdcj.texas.gov.

TVAT Online is funded by a grant from the Office of the Governor, Criminal Justice Division.