The OVS Training and Outreach Unit regularly offers training and technical assistance to the network of victim service providers funded by OVS across New York State. Through research, professional development, trainings and conferences, OVS builds the capacity of victim assistance programs to better serve victims of crime. Many no-cost tools, resources and specialized training opportunities are highlighted on the page below.
Also, periodic national, state and regional training information is routinely shared via the OVS Listserv, where subscribers can receive inside access to OVS training announcements and the quarterly OVS Outreach newsletter. To stay up-to-date with OVS training and outreach efforts, click the Subscribe Now! button below:
OVS Victim Service Academy Training
To help address the underlying needs of crime victims, the New York State Office of Victim Services (OVS) and the Institute for Disaster Mental Health at SUNY New Paltz (IDMH) have partnered to offer Victim Service Academy Trainings to entry-level victim service professionals from OVS-funded organizations. Click on the resources below or visit ovs.ny.gov/academy for more details.
Winter 2023 Cohort:
January 31 - February 2, 2023
John Jay College, New York, NY
Training & Technical Assistance
Training & Technical Assistance Request Program (TTARP)
The OVS Training & Technical Assistance Request Program is a customized, no-cost training and technical assistance pairing service for OVS-funded programs. By drawing on the expertise of training professionals, OVS matches specialized consultants with OVS-funded programs to deliver a wide-range of custom-tailored organizational leadership and communication services.
For more information about TTARP and to submit a request, click the button below:
Tools & Resources
OVS VAP Connect
An online community forum for OVS-funded Victim Assistance Programs (VAPs), OVS VAP Connect provides a space for VAPs to come together, network, and share valuable information and best practices with one another.
OVS Resource Connect
OVS Resource Connect is a concern-based search engine designed to help you find resources provided by OVS-funded Victim Assistance Programs from across New York State.
OVS YouTube Channel
The OVS YouTube Channel features up-to-date resources and recently recorded training opportunities for victim assistance programs funded by OVS.
OVS Events Calendar
The OVS Events Calendar features special OVS-sponsored events and trainings.
OVS Grants Training
The OVS Grants Training Series is a series of recorded training videos that provides an introduction to OVS key contract administration requirements and guidance for not-for-profit and municipal agencies receiving funds from OVS. Periodic in-person/virtual VAP Grants trainings are also offered by OVS, contact your Contract Management Specialist or email [email protected] for more information.
Additional resources for OVS-funded programs, including contract forms and publications, can be found on the OVS Guidance for Victim Service Providers Webpage.
OVS Compensation Training
The OVS Compensation Training Series is a series of recorded training videos that provides an introduction to OVS and its compensation claims process for providing reimbursement of eligible crime related expenses to innocent victims of crime. A virtual VAP Compensation Training is also offered monthly, visit the Events page to register or email [email protected] for more information.
Additional OVS Compensation information, including guidelines and resources for advocates, can be found on the OVS Victim Compensation Webpage.
OVS FRE Direct Reimbursement Program Training
The OVS Forensic Rape Examination (FRE) Direct Reimbursement Program Training Video is a recorded introduction and overview of the FRE Direct Reimbursement Program. Periodic in-person/virtual FRE Direct Reimbursement training is also offered by the OVS Associate Attorney, for more information and to request this individual training, email [email protected].
Additional information regarding direct reimbursement, including common billing/reimbursement issues and other frequently asked questions, can be found on the OVS FRE Direct Reimbursement Program Webpage.
Events Photo Gallery
OVS 2022 Seeking Solutions Summit - Keynote Speaker Chaplain Clementina Chery
OVS 2022 Seeking Solutions Summit - OVS Dream Team
OVS 2022 Supervisors Retreat - Lake George Venue
OVS 2022 Supervisors Retreat - Cohort Graduates
OVS 2021 Conference - Director Elizabeth Cronin Introducing Keynote, Max Schachter
OVS 2021 Conference - NYC
OVS 2021 Conference - Keynote Speaker Max Schachter
OVS 2019 Conference - Sessions
OVS 2019 Conference - Albany Venue
OVS 2019 Conference - Drummers