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 committment to offer a credentialing process that is achievable, affordable, and meaningful. As of June 2017, all updates will be in effect. All Applications have been revised to reflect the updates. Beginning with the June 2017 application cycle, the OAN Review Committee will only accept the revised Applications. Outdated Applications submitted for review will be returned.
Click here for OAN's Introduction for New Applicants
Click here for OAN's Instructions for New Applicants
Click here for OAN's Application for New Applicants
Click here for OAN's Introduction for Renewing Applicants
Click here for OAN's Instructions for Renewing Applicants
Click here for OAN's Application for Renewing Applicants
Renewing and Upgrading
Click here for OAN's Introduction for Renewing and Upgrading Applicants
Click here for OAN's Instructions for Renewing and Upgrading Applicants
Click here for OAN's Application for Renewing and Upgrading Applicants
Click here for OAN's Advocate Ethics Guide.
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 Greene County Prosecutor’s Office Victim/Witness Division
61 Greene St., Suite 200
Xenia, OH 45385
Director, Greene County Prosecutor’s Victim/Witness Division
Programs Director, OVWA