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
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 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:
Group Homes or Shelters
Community-Based Victim-Oriented Resource Centres
For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website: http://www.jobbank.gc.ca.