Recognizing the need to publicly affirm the field of Victim Advocacy, establish professional standards, and encourage continuing education and specialized training, a coalition of victim service providers representing numerous statewide advocacy organizations formed the Ohio Advocate Network in 1994 and developed a registration protocol to benefit Victim Advocates and Allied Professionals working to assist crime victims in the state of Ohio. Acquiring and maintaining valid OAN Registered Advocate status attests that an individual has achieved a defined level of experience and knowledge in the victim assistance profession. OAN proudly served as the model for the National Advocate Credentialing Program (NACP), established in 2003.
The OAN Review Committee is dedicated to professionalizing the field of victim advocacy and maintaining a best-practice approach for credentialing. In 2016, the Committee instituted numerous updates to OAN policy and procedure. The updates were crafted with a continuing commitment to offer a credentialing process that is achievable, affordable, and meaningful. As of June 2019, all updates are in effect. The OAN Review Committee will only accept the revised applications. Outdated applications submitted for review will be declined.
Click here for OAN's Packet for New Applicants (Information/Instructions/Application)
Click here for OAN's Packet for Renewing Applicants (Information/Instructions/Application)
Upgrading & Renewing
Click here for OAN's Packet for Upgrading & Renewing Applicants (Information/Instructions/Application)
Code of Ethics for Advocates
Click here for NOVA's Code of Professional Ethics for Victim Assistance Providers
Click here for OAN's CEU Training Verification Form.
Click here for OAN's Training Area Guidelines (TAG List).
Contact Information for OAN
The Ohio Advocate Network for Registration and Training
c/o Ohio Victim Witness Association
90 Northwoods Blvd., Suite B6
Columbus, OH 43235
Programs Director, OVWA