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Best Practices


OVWA believes that advocates are only as good as the information they are given. Here you can find best practices covering a wide array of topics. Whether you're a systems-based advocate or community-based advocate, these publications can provide you with applicable information to improve your daily work with victims across the state.

Don't see what you're looking for? Please contact us at info@ovwa.org or at (614) 787-9000. 

OVWA Publications


Serving Survivors with Disabilities: An Advocate's Guide (2018)

Code of Ethics for Advocates


NOVA's Code of Professional Ethics for Victim Assistance Providers

Sexual Violence


Ohio Alliance to End Sexual Violence
“Core Standards for Rape Crisis Programs in Ohio”
Ohio SART Manual

Domestic Violence


Ohio Domestic Violence Network

Advocate Best Practices


“Excellence in Advocacy: A Victim-Centered Approach”
Breaking Barriers: The Role of Community-Based and Systems-Based Advocates
Media Guide for Victim Service Providers

Vicarious Trauma and Trauma-Responsive Systems


“The Vicarious Trauma Toolkit”
Tri-State Trauma Network

Serving Marginalized Populations


Buckeye Region Anti-Violence Organization (BRAVO)
Ohio Network of Children’s Advocacy Centers (ONCAC)
National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA)
Vera Institute of Justice Guide for Rape Crisis, Domestic Violence and Disability Service Organizati
“Sexual Violence in the LGBTIQ Communities”
Men as Sexual Assault Victims
National Human Trafficking Resource Center
Violence Against Indigenous Women – Indian Health Service
Office on Violence Against Women Tribal Affairs