VAP Training Center

VAP Training Center

The New York State Office of Victim Services (OVS) regularly offers training and technical assistance to the network of victim service providers it funds across New York State. Through research, professional development, trainings and conferences, OVS builds the capacity of victim assistance programs to better serve innocent victims of crime. Many no-cost tools, resources and specialized training opportunities are highlighted below. Click on each resource link or scroll down for more detailed training materials. 

VAP Training Center Resources

OVS Resource Connect Logo
OVS Resource Connect is a concern-based search engine desinged to help you find resources provided by OVS-funded Victim Assistance Programs from across New York State. 

VAP Connect Logo
An online community forum for OVS-funded Victim Assistance Programs (VAPs), VAP Connect provides a space for VAPs to come together, network, and share valuable information and best practices with one another.

Training and Technical Assistance Request
A no-cost Training and Technical Assistance Request Program in which OVS matches specialized consultants with OVS-funded programs to deliver a wide-range of custom-tailored organizational leadership and communication services. 

OVS Training Listserv
Periodic national, state and regional training information is shared via the OVS Training Listserv, where subscribers can receive inside access to OVS training announcements and the quarterly OVS Outreach newsletter. 

OVS Training YouTube Channel
 The OVS Training YouTube Channel features up-to-date resources and recently recorded training opportunities for victim assistance programs funded by OVS.

Billing for a Forensic Rape Exam (FRE)

OVS offers training on an overview of the FRE Direct Reimbursement Program. Facilitated by OVS Associate Attorney, Shelby Foster, this training covers relevant laws and regulations, how to complete and file the OVS Direct Reimbursement Claim Form, common billing/reimbursement issues and other Frequently Asked Questions. Appropriate for advocates, medical providers, facility registration/billing/administration staff and anyone else that is involved with the Forensic Rape Examination Direct Reimbursement Claims at any point in the process. 

For more information and to request this training, email [email protected].

VAP Training

OVS Conference

OVS 2019 Conference

The OVS 2021 Conference was held in August 25-26, 2021 in New York City. Additional conference details and resources are available below and on the OVS 2021 Conference website at Stay tuned for detials regarding the OVS 2023 Conference in the coming months.  


Advocate Guidelines for Compensation

OVS Compensation Training Series

Resources and documentation guidelines to assist with the OVS compensation claim process. In addition, the OVS Compensation Training Video Series features videos that outline assistance available from the agency and offer detailed instructions for filing claims. 

Victim Service Academy Training

Victim Service Academy TrainingTo 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 for more details.