SAPR Victim Advocate Initial Training

The 40-hour Victim Advocate Initial Training prepares participants with the skills and knowledge to become Unit Victim Advocates. The course is required for Command-designated Unit Victim Advocates before they can serve on the SAPR Watch Bill and respond to victims in need of support following incidents of sexual assault.

The training covers a broad spectrum of topics, including:

  • SAPR History
  • Relevant laws and policies
  • Reporting options
  • Services available to victims of sexual assault
  • Roles and responsibilities of SAPR personnel
  • Confidentiality policy,
  • Effects of victimization and re-traumatization
  • Medical, Investigative, and Legal Processes
  • Advocate self-care.  

Participants will also gain a better understanding of command and system responses, how to respond to crisis and address the safety needs of victims, provide services, referrals, and advocacy throughout the process from initial reporting to final adjudication or disposition of a case.

Upon successful completion of the training, participants are eligible to apply to the Department of Defense Sexual Assault Certification Program (D-SAACP) to become a certified SAPR Victim Advocate

All applicants must complete an initial screening application, undergo background checks and validations by their Command, and attend interviews with their Commander and the RSARC in order to register for the class. Contact the RSARC for the application materials and submission deadline.