Training and Technical Assistance for Advocates and Service Providers

Training and Technical Assistance in New York State

New York State Coalition Against Sexual Assault (NYSCASA)

NYSCASA provides training and technical assistance to advocates, survivors, and others who provide support to survivors of sexual violence. Our staff is available over email and via web conferencing to serve your needs. To request assistance, email the relevant staff member in our staff listing, or email

New York State Center for Training and Technical Assistance

The New York State Center for Training and Technical Assistance provides training and technical assistance for rape crisis and sexual violence programs who work with victims and survivors of sexual violence in New York State, with a focus on providing support on “Enough is Enough” programming.

The New York State Center for Training and Technical Assistance was established through a joint partnership between the New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault (the Alliance) and the New York State Coalition Against Sexual Assault (NYSCASA), which supports the efforts of Rape Crisis and Sexual Violence Programs (RCSVPs) to deliver quality sexual violence prevention and response services.

For information, please contact

New York State PREA Partnership

NYSCASA has a broad reach as a statewide coalition, and one of the areas that NYSCASA has taken a step forward in is implementing PREA standards through the New York State PREA Partnership. In New York, several Rape Crisis Centers have signed on as “PREA Centers” to deliver services to incarcerated New Yorkers who have experienced sexual assault. In addition to providing direct services, NYSCASA and PREA Centers provide training and technical assistance to service providers working with incarcerated survivors.

Seven Dancers Coalition

The Seven Dancers Coalition works to uplift the families of Indigenous Communities by educating and restoring traditional values with the purpose of strengthening self-confidence and dignity. Seven Dancers Coalition increases awareness of domestic violence and sexual assault against Native American women and their families through education and prevention programs; strengthens the response to violence against Native American women and their families at the tribal, federal, and state levels, and provides technical assistance to coalition membership and Indigenous communities to enhance access for essential services to Native American women and their families that have experienced domestic violence and sexual assault.

Black Women’s Blueprint (BWB)

Steeped in various feminist traditions and honoring transnational liberatory models, the BWB Training Institute For Gender and Cultural Competence brings culturally specific, structurally competent, in-depth intersectional analysis and expertise to you, the way you want it. Whether new to the field or a long-time advocate, you can engage in learning exchanges, seminars, workshops, webinars, podcasts and teach-ins that center survivors, survivor informed and current practices, debates and innovations to prevent sexual violence.

Anti-Violence Project (AVP)

The Anti-Violence Project (AVP) empowers lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and HIV-affected communities and allies to end all forms of violence through organizing and education, and supports survivors through counseling and advocacy.

AVP coordinates the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP), a national a national coalition of local member programs and affiliate organizations that work to create systemic and social change through data analysis, policy advocacy, education and technical assistance. NCAVP coordinates the National Training and Technical Assistance Center (TTA) Center on LGBTQ Cultural Competency.

AVP also coordinates the New York State Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender & Queer Intimate Partner Violence Network (“The Network”), a statewide, multidisciplinary group of direct service providers, community-based agencies, advocates, educators, policy makers, and funders who are working on behalf of LGBTQ communities affected by intimate partner violence to ensure that intimate partner violence services are LGBTQ inclusive.

New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NYSCADV)

The New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence provides training, support, technical assistance and advocacy to local direct service domestic violence programs across New York State.

Prevent Child Abuse New York (PCANY)

Prevent Child Abuse New York provides training, education, and referral services to service providers and community members working to prevent and address child abuse in New York State.

International Institute of Buffalo

The International Institute of Buffalo works to make Western New York a better place for, and because of, immigrants and refugees. The Institute offers refugee resettlement and employment programs; provides services to survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking; offers translation and interpretation services to break down barriers; presents global education programs for students, adults and businesses; and hosts international visitors. Through the Survivor Support Services program, the Institute also provides professional training and community presentations aimed at increasing identification of human trafficking and domestic violence in WNY, and helping professional partners work more effectively with this specialized population. If you would like more information on receiving training, please call 716-222-3890 and ask for Survivor Support Services staff.

New York State Office of Victim Services

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. Click here to submit a request for training and technical assistance.

The VAP Training Center highlights no-cost tools, resources, and specialized training opportunities, including the VAP Training Center Webinar Series, VAPConnect, the OVS Training YouTube Channel, and the OVS Training Listserv.

VAPConnect is a forum for OVS-funded Victim Assistance Programs (VAPs) to come together, network, and share valuable information and best practices with one another, while also staying in touch with the latest updates from OVS. You can also learn more about how to use VAP Connect by viewing the recently recorded VAP Connect Launch Q&A Webinar. Staff at OVS-funded VAPs can sign up here:

Culturally Specific Training and Technical Assistance Resources

Women of Color Network, Inc. (WOCN)

Women of Color Network, Inc., is a national grassroots initiative dedicated to building the capacity of women of color advocates responding to violence against women of color. Training and technical assistance opportunities include:

  • Leadership Training Institute, which offers mentorship, training, and resource materials to build concrete leadership skills among women of color activists
  • Aspiring Ally Training, which improves the competency and knowledge of mainstream advocates and programs to embrace and support women of color leadership
  • Training Without Walls, a series of national teleconferences and webinars that bring essential information directly to advocates without the need for travel
  • On-Site Visits, Training, and Technical Assistance, to support constituents who are forging unique initiatives designed to address communities of color and who need additional support

WOCN publications provide background, a scope of the problem, and offer targeted recommendations for advocates, agencies, and policymakers to resolve common challenges facing women of color.

Request training and technical assistance through the WOCN website.

The National Organization of Sisters of Color Ending Sexual Assault (SCESA)

The National Organization of Sisters of Color Ending Sexual Assault (SCESA) is a Women of Color led non-profit committed to ensuring that systems-wide policies and social change initiatives related to sexual assault are informed by critical input and direction of Women of Color. As a national advocacy organization, SCESA utilizes a multi-strategy approach of leadership development and support for Women of Color; advocacy and support for organizations by and for Communities of Color; as well as technical assistance, training and advocacy regarding sexual assault in Communities of Color.

Ujima: The National Center on Violence Against Women in the Black Community

Ujima is on the forefront of new training and outreach tools to reduce violence against and homicides of Black women. Ujima is a clearinghouse for research literature, webinars, national issue forums, regional trainings, community-specific roundtables, blogs, articles, and on-site technical assistance. Ujima also works with other organizations to develop public service announcements, issue briefs, videos, monographs, and fact sheets.

National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center (NIWRC)

The National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center, Inc. is a Native-led nonprofit organization dedicated to ending violence against Native women and children. The NIWRC provides national leadership in ending gender-based violence in tribal communities by lifting up the collective voices of grassroots advocates and offering culturally grounded resources, technical assistance and training, and policy development to strengthen tribal sovereignty.

Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence (API-GBV)

The Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence is a national resource center on domestic violence, sexual violence, trafficking, and other forms of gender-based violence in Asian/Asian-American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities. API-GBV maintains a resource library and provides training and technical assistance on culturally specific advocacy, violence within and against AAPI communities, and language access.

National Latin@ Network for Healthy Families and Communities

The National Latin@ Network for Healthy Families and Communities is a network of individuals and organizations committed to improving the health and well-being of Latin@ communities. Led by Esperanza United, the network aims to build bridges and connections among research, practice, and policy to advance effective responses to eliminate violence and promote healthy relationships. The National Latin@ Network engages in training, technical assistance, and resource development.

Alliance for Immigrant Survivors (AIS)

The Alliance for Immigrant Survivors is a national network of advocates and allies dedicated to defending and advocating for policies that ensure immigrant survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, trafficking, and other gender-based abuses have access to life-saving protections that all survivors of violence deserve. Click here to access resources compiled by AIS. AIS also coordinates the Immigration Subcommittee of the National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence (NTF).

The NW Network

Founded in 1987 by lesbian survivors of battering, the NW Network works to end abuse in lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans communities.

The NW Network offers a variety of virtual and in-person trainings, the Q&A for Advocates National Training Institute, a national webinar series, cultural competency trainings, and national summits and roundtables.

The NW Network’s technical assistance program is available to advocates, managers, systems workers, directors, community groups, funders and policy makers. Through this program, the NW Network provides phone and online support to service providers across the U.S., supports organizational change projects, and provides on-site consultation to help programs create more inclusive and culturally relevant responses to violence.

The Network/La Red

The Network/La Red is a survivor-led, social justice organization that works to end partner abuse in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, SM, polyamorous, and queer communities. The Network/La Red builds capacity of service providers through training, technical assistance, and resource development.


FORGE is a national transgender anti-violence organization, founded in 1994. Since 2009, FORGE has been federally funded to provide direct services to transgender, gender non-conforming, and gender non-binary survivors of sexual assault.

Since 2011, FORGE has served as the only transgender-focused organization federally funded to provide training and technical assistance to providers around the country who work with transgender survivors of sexual assault, domestic and dating violence, and stalking. FORGE provides both ready-made and design-to-fit trainings on a range of topics related to transgender and LGBT victims of crime, with particular emphasis on victims of sexual violence, intimate partner violence, dating violence, stalking, and hate crimes. See a list of upcoming FORGE-hosted webinars and conferences where FORGE staff will be presenting workshops. In addition to formal trainings or larger scale consulting, FORGE provides ongoing technical assistance by phone (414-559-2123) and email


DeafHope works to end domestic and sexual violence in Deaf communities through empowerment, education and services. In addition to providing direct services for Deaf survivors, DeafHope offers training and consultation for Deaf service providers on domestic and sexual violence, for Hearing service providers on communication access and best practices for serving Deaf survivors, and for Interpreters on trauma-informed interpreting and related topics.

End Abuse of People with Disabilities

A project of the Vera Institute of Justice Center on Victimization and Safety, End Abuse of People with Disabilities activates people and organizations across movements to end violence against people with disabilities and Deaf people through a shared, intersectional framework. The project offers live training sessions, online courses, a resource library, assessment tools, and customized support for grantees of the Center on Victimization and Safety.

General Training and Technical Assistance Resources

U.S. Office for Victims of Crime Training and Technical Assistance Center (OVC TTAC)

Through the Office for Victims of Crime Training and Technical Assistance Center, the U.S. Office for Victims of Crime offers education and tools to the field at no cost, so those who provide services have the skills to reach out to victims of every type of crime, from every background, in every place, and offer them what they need to rebuild their lives.

National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC)

The National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) is the leading nonprofit in providing information and tools to prevent and respond to sexual violence. NSVRC translates research and trends into best practices that help individuals, communities and service providers achieve real and lasting change.

National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (NRCDV)

The National Resource Center on Domestic Violence works to build the capacity of individuals, organizations, institutions, and communities to prevent and respond to gender-based violence through technical assistance, training, and resource development. NRCDV also operates VAWnet, an online network of information and resources focused on violence against women and other forms of gender-based violence.

Battered Women’s Justice Project (BWJP)

Since 1994, the Battered Women’s Justice Project has been providing training and technical assistance that translates research findings into ideas for implementation, showcases the pioneering work of local jurisdictions, and facilitates the adoption of promising practices across the country.

Stop It Now!

Stop It Now! prevents the sexual abuse of children by mobilizing adults, families and communities to take actions that protect children before they are harmed. Stop It Now! provides support, prevention education, technical assistance, training, and resources to keep children safe and create healthier communities.

Freedom Network USA

Freedom Network USA is the nation’s largest coalition working to ensure that trafficked persons have access to justice, safety, and opportunity. Freedom Network USA provides training and technical assistance through the Freedom Network Training Institute.

Just Detention International (JDI)

Just Detention International is a health and human rights organization that seeks to end sexual abuse in all forms of detention. JDI offers tools, training, and resources for service providers working with incarcerated survivors.

National PREA Resource Center

Created in 2010, the National PREA Resource Center assists state, local, and tribal agencies in implementing the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) Standards and by supporting the Department of Justice (DOJ) PREA audit function. The National PREA Resource Center offers trainings, hosts the PREA Academy, and provides technical assistance to service providers and detention facilities. The Resource Center also maintains a resource library and mailing list.

Men Stopping Violence (MSV)

Men Stopping Violence engages men and other community members to take action to end violence against women. MSV offers several prevention education programs, including Because We Have Daughters, Men’s Awareness Program Presentation, Men At Work: Building Safe Communities, and Mobilizing Men to Prevent Violence Against Women: A Comprehensive and Community-Centered Approach. To request training, consultation, or a presentation, please call or email Lee Giordano at 404-270-9894.

Anti-Oppression Resource and Training Alliance (AORTA)

The Anti-Oppression Resource and Training Alliance (AORTA) is a worker-owned cooperative devoted to helping our movements renew a stronger sense of liberatory vision, values, and purpose. AORTA aims to grow and sustain successful, leaderful movements composed of skilled, democratic, principled, and courageous people and organizations that are able to do their best work through liberatory praxis (action, learning, reflection). AORTA’s current offerings include facilitation, consulting, and facilitator trainings.

 Get Help

If you have been sexually assaulted, call the New York State Hotline for Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence.


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