Program Code: 1245


This part-time online certificate is designed for professionals who work in a variety of fields (e.g. crisis response, criminal justice system, social services, child protection) providing services to and advocating for victims of crime.

Students will develop an understanding of the history and theories of victimization, victims` rights, victim populations, crime and its effects on victims, and the role of victim services agencies in the planning, delivery, and evaluation of victim services and advocacy. Specific course emphasis is given to issues such as childhood physical and sexual abuse, intimate partner violence, elder abuse, human trafficking, and sexual assault.

Graduates of the program will be able to plan, implement, and evaluate interventions aimed at prevention and healing for victims of crime; advocate for victims of crime; and develop plans for referring victims of crime to appropriate services.

Learners must complete six compulsory courses listed below

  • Victimology: Theoretical Perspectives
  • Victims of Crime
  • Indigenous Peoples: Understanding and Reducing Victimization
  • Victim Assistance Services
  • Victimology: Assessment and Intervention
  • Diversity and Victim Assistance

Learners must complete two elective courses of their choosing from the list below

  • Human Trafficking & Intersectionality
  • Violence Against Women
  • Men as Victims
  • Childhood Victimization
  • Victimization and The Law
  • Self-Care and Professional Practice


OEL1137 - 2 Indigenous Peoples: Understanding and Reducing Victimization
OEL1234 - 3 Victims of Crime
OEL1278 - 3 Victim Assistance Services
OEL1357 - 3 Victimology: Theoretical Perspectives
OEL1358 - 3 Victimology: Assessment and Intervention
OEL1359 - 2 Diversity and Victim Assistance

Choose two electives:

OEL1360 - Violence Against Women

OEL1361 - Men and Victimization

OEL1362 - Childhood Victimization

OEL1363 - Victimization and the Law

OEL1364 - Professional Development and Self Care

OEL8003 - Human Trafficking

Requirements & Program Information

Minimum Academic Requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), or equivalent, or 19 years of age or older
  • Students must successfully complete all courses within 7 years of acceptance into the program in order to graduate.
  • Students must obtain a G.P.A. of 2.0 or 60% or higher to obtain this certificate.
  • Students are recommended to have a diploma or degree in a related field prior to registering for this program.


Upon successful completion of the online Victimology certificate program, students will obtain a Sault College certificate.

Career Path

Upon completion of the program, individuals may find employment opportunities within a variety of occupational fields providing services to victims of crime, including social services, child protection, crisis response, the criminal justice system and in policy areas related to victimization.

Potential career and industry options may include working in:

  • Child Protection
  • Group Homes or Shelters
  • Community-Based Victim-Oriented Resource Centres
  • Social Services

For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website: http://www.jobbank.gc.ca.


For more information, please contact the Continuing Education department at continuingeducation@saultcollege.ca.
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