The Oregon Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence maintains a web-based core advocacy training course for community-based advocates for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking, constructed in accordance with State of Oregon laws and guidelines.

NOTE: The Coalition strongly recommends supplementing any online training with in-person training, mentorship, and job shadowing.

Important information

Supplemental training required

At this time, the learn.ocadsv.org curriculum DOES NOT satisfy the two-hour training requirement covering the topics of "confidentiality and privilege, the Violence Against Women Act and other funding requirements relating to confidentiality, the provisions set forth in HB 3476, and related matters" (as defined in Oregon Administrative Rules 137-085-0080).

As of March 2018, it is our understanding that the regulatory training requirements (as verified by the Oregon Department of Justice - Crime Victim and Survivor Services Division) may be completed by:

  1. Completing all modules of the learn.ocadsv.org curriculum (and/or comparable in-person training); AND 
  2. Completing training that covers the material above, by either:
    1. Attending an in-person training on advocate privilege and confidentiality conducted by the Oregon Law Center or Victim Rights Law Center (recommended), OR
    2. Viewing this webinar in its entirety and having a supervisor document that you did so. 

The Coalition strongly recommends supplementing any online training received with in-person training, mentorship, and job shadowing.

Completing the required training alone does not confer "certified advocate" status

In order to be considered a "certified advocate" under Oregon state law, individuals must both complete the mandated training AND be a current employee or volunteer in an advocacy capacity with a qualified community-, campus-, or tribal-based victim advocacy program.

NOTE: Some advocacy programs have additional training requirements for their advocates above and beyond the minimums defined in Oregon state law.

Get access

All qualified victim services programs in the state of Oregon may request access to the learn.ocadsv.org platform. 

In order to create accounts for advocates-in-training, each program must designate at least one person/account as a supervisor (programs can designate more than one supervisor if they wish). Ideally, the designated supervisor should be the direct supervisor of the advocate-in-training, but may also be a program manager, volunteer coordinator, or the executive director. 

Know your role

There are two different types of user accounts:

  • Advocates-in-training can log in and participate in the course.
  • Supervisors can also create new student accounts and track the course progress of advocates-in-training within their program.
Find your program's designated supervisor(s)

If your direct supervisor has supervisor privileges for the OCADSV e-learning platform, ask them to create a new student account for you.

If they don't, have your supervisor send an email to [email protected] (link sends e-mail)

Log in

Once your account has been created, you should receive an automated email message containing your username and temporary password (check your spam folder).

You can then log in to our e-learning login portal (link is external) and start your course!

First, contact your local advocacy program

If you or your organization need training about domestic and sexual violence, contact your local community-based domestic violence / sexual assault advocacy program.

They may be able to provide you with in-person training and/or create an advocate-in-training account for you to access the OCADSV e-learning platform.

Contact OCADSV

If your local community-based domestic violence / sexual assault advocacy program is unable to provide the training you require, contact Jonathan Gates, OCADSV Communications and Events Coordinator at (503) 230-1951 x302.

Log in

Once your account has been created, you should receive an automated email message containing your username and temporary password (check your spam folder).

You can then log in to our e-learning login portal (link is external) and start your course!

Individuals who are not currently working/volunteering with a qualified victim services program in the state of Oregon may request independent access to the course for informational purposes (e.g. preparing for an advocacy career in the state of Oregon). We consider each request for independent access on a case-by-case basis. 

The Coalition cannot provide supervision or feedback on course progress for independent users. Additionally, independent completion of this online training alone DOES NOT satisfy the requirements for advocate certification under Oregon state law (in order to be considered certified, individuals must complete the required training AND be currently employed by or actively volunteering with a qualified victim services program).

Upon request, we will provide independent users with written proof of course completion (useful for internship/volunteer/job applications).

Groups and organizations that are seeking to develop a similar course in another jurisdiction may request independent access to the course for evaluation purposes. We consider each request for independent access on a case-by-case basis.

Independent completion of this online training alone DOES NOT satisfy the requirements for advocate certification under Oregon state law (in order to be considered certified, individuals must complete the required training AND be currently employed by or actively volunteering with a qualified victim services program).

Access policy last updated March 26th, 2018.

This is not legal advice.

This information was assembled by OCADSV staff for informational purposes only. The information presented on this page is not intended to be legal advice, nor does it substitute for legal advice. If you have any questions, contact a qualified attorney.