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Core Advocacy Training (CAT)

Core Advocacy Training (CAT)

Core Advocacy Training (CAT) is a 40-hour training that details the skills and knowledge necessary to support and empower survivors of domestic and sexual abuse, stalking, and human trafficking.

CAT Overview

Divided into ten modules (three-four hours in length), CAT covers a wide range of core topics specific to domestic/intimate partner violence and sexual assault:

  • Overview and history
  • Trauma-focused care
  • Survivor confidentiality
  • Victim advocacy in practice
  • Civil and criminal justice response
  • Dynamics of abuse
  • Behavioral health factors
  • Safety planning
  • Response to high risk situations
  • Essential resources

CAT content has been developed, and is delivered, by a range of subject matter experts and highly experienced advocates. The material is presented through a variety of media and includes activities, role plays, and self study sections to assist participants engage with and retain the material.

Recommended Attendees

Advocates in need of basic domestic/intimate partner violence training and professionals whose work involves supporting survivors should attend CAT.

Training Dates

CAT is offered throughout the year and sessions may take place over a one-week period or staggered over a period of months/weeks. To find a session near you, call 801-521-5544 or visit our calendar

Our self-paced, online CAT (currently in development) will also be available shortly for advocates who are unable to attend live trainings. 

Utah Coalition Against Sexual Assault (UCASA) and the Utah Office for Victims of Crime (UOVC) also offer 40-hour Core Advocacy Training. Between our three organizations, live CATs are offered about once a month. 

Training Credits

Approved by the Utah Chapter, National Association of Social Workers, for 40 CEUs. Other education/training units/credits will also be available.

Training Cost

Free; however, registration is required. 

CAT is funded by Grant No. 2018-X1518-UT-MU, awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice, supports CAT. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication/program/exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.

Upcoming Training

Core Advocacy Training sessions are currently only offered via Zoom because the health and wellbeing of everyone is a priority to us.

February 21–March 4, 2022

9 am–1pm

April 11–22, 2022

1 pm–5 pm

June 6–17, 2022

1 pm–5 pm

November 28–December 9, 2022

9 am–1 pm

Our Impact in 2020

January 1-December 31
  • The Allstate Foundation grant helps us create safety and security for domestic violence survivors through financial empowerment.

  • At Amethyst Center for Healing we are dedicated to helping individuals, families, and communities recover from trauma and abuse, so that we may all live peaceful, empowered lives.

  • Canyon Creek Services provides free and confidential services for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in Iron, Beaver and Garfield Counties.

  • CAPSA is a non-profit domestic violence, sexual abuse, and rape recovery center serving Cache County and the Bear Lake area.

  • The DOVE Center is the only area agency providing safe-shelter, crisis intervention, and prevention for clients who have been victimized by violence in their home – whether by a family member or cohabitant – that also serves victims of rape and sexual assault.

  • Founded in 1922, Legal Aid Society of Salt Lake is a non-profit organization that promotes safety, stability and self-sufficiency for low income families and individuals, as well as victims of domestic violence, through effective, efficient legal advocacy and assistance.

  • New Hope Crisis Center has been serving Box Elder County for 30 years. Our mission is to provide all-inclusive, integrated, victim-centered services to stabilize and support individuals, families, and our community.

  • Our organization advocates for victims of domestic violence, rape and sexual assault, and the homeless. Serving people in Sevier, Piute, Millard, Sanpete and Wayne counties of Utah.

  • Peace House is dedicated to ending family violence and abuse through education, outreach, support services, and safe housing.

  • Originally founded in 1984 as The Center for Women and Children in Crisis, The Refuge Utah has been in continuous operation for 33 years. Our mission is to provide a caring, advocating, safe, and educationally based environment for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.

  • Safe Harbor, a non-profit organization, provides shelter, supportive services and advocacy to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, as well as education, awareness and resources to our community.

  • Established in 1990, Seekhaven assists survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault rebuild their lives. Serving Grand County and Southeastern Utah, Seekhaven provides a wide range of essential services including client advocacy, emergency shelter, and transition assistance.

  • South Valley Services is a domestic violence service provider in West Jordan, Utah. We provide safe shelter and supportive services to women, men and their children who have been impacted by domestic violence.

  • Timpanogos Legal Center provides free legal advice and legal document preparation for victims of domestic violence and low-income persons.

  • Preserve the heritage. Enhance the wellbeing. Strengthen the future of the People.

  • Our Mission: To help families of homicide victims receive hope, justice, and healing.

  • Utah Legal Services (ULS) is a nonprofit law office incorporated in 1976 committed to making equal justice a reality by providing free legal help in non-criminal cases to low-income Utahns.

  • Cycling club dedicated to ending child abuse.

  • YCC Family Crisis Center is a domestic violence shelter and rape crisis center provide services 24/7 to victims and their children.

  • Today, the YWCA is Utah’s most comprehensive provider of family violence services; our programs include walk-in services and a crisis line, emergency shelter, transitional housing, children’s programs, and a vast array of supportive services.

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