Core Advocacy Training (CAT)

What is 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.

Training Opportunities

We offer two options for completing the CAT course. Enroll in an upcoming Zoom course or complete it at your own pace in our online learning center. Either option fulfills CAT requirements.

Note: Self-Paced Course In Beta Testing


or enroll in an upcoming course below

Virtual Core Advocacy Training


Date: August 22, 2022 – Sept 2, 2022 (Mon-Fri only) Time: 12:30 pm to 5:00 pm Location: Virtual Click here to register

Virtual Core Advocacy Training


Date: December 5, 2022 – December 16, 2022 (Mon-Fri only) Time: 12:30 pm to 5:00 pm Location: Virtual Click here to register

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

2022 CATs will be offered on Feb 28–Mar 11 (mornings), June 6–17 (mornings), Aug 22–Sept 2 (afternoons), and Nov 28–Dec 9 (afternoons). Registration will be open for one CAT at a time.

“In addition to our self-paced CAT (offered on a rolling basis), live 40-hour victim advocate trainings are offered almost monthly with the help of our partner programs, the Utah Coalition Against Sexual Assault (UCASA) and the Utah Office for Victims of Crime (UOVC). To see our shared training calendar, with all approved 40-hour victim advocate trainings, please visit or call 801-521-5544.


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.

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