Core Advocacy Training (CAT)

What is CAT?

The Core Advocacy Training (CAT) is a rigorous 40-hour program designed to equip professionals working in the fields of domestic and sexual abuse, stalking, and human trafficking with advanced knowledge and skills to effectively aid and empower survivors. Through a comprehensive curriculum, CAT provides in-depth training on evidence-based practices and strategies that are essential for professionals seeking to make a meaningful difference in the lives of survivors.

CAT Overview

The training is delivered in 10 modules, each lasting for 4.5 hours (including a 30-minute break). The CAT program covers an array of topics related to domestic and intimate partner violence as well as sexual assault, such as:


Overview and history


Dynamics of abuse


Victim advocacy in practice


Civil and criminal justice response


Specialized topics (digital abuse, stalking,self-care, etc.)


Underserved populations (undocumented and limited-English speakers, Native Americans, plural families, LGBTQIA+ survivors, offenders, etc.)


Essential resources

A team of subject matter experts and experienced advocates with diverse backgrounds develop and present the content of CAT. The training is conducted entirely through Zoom and includes interactive presentations, skill-based workshops, and discussion groups to enhance learning.

Who Should Attend

The CAT is designed for program advocates, systems advocates, children’s advocates, hotline advocates, etc. The CAT is also suitable for anyone wanting to learn more about domestic violence or who would like to volunteer as an advocate in a program setting.

Training Credits

The Utah Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) approves the training and qualifies attendees for 40 CEUs. 

Training Cost

Free; however, registration is required.

Training Opportunities

There are two ways to complete the CAT course: you can enroll in an upcoming Zoom session (see upcoming events below) or complete it at your own pace in our online learning center. Both options fulfill the CAT requirements.

“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.

Note: Self-Paced Course In Beta Testing


or enroll in an upcoming course below

This project was supported by Grant No. 15JOVW-21-GG-00749-STAT awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. 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 U.S. Department of Justice.

Virtual Core Advocacy Training


Join us for this comprehensive 40-hour program that provides in-depth knowledge and skills to aid and empower survivors of domestic and sexual abuse, stalking, and human trafficking. Dates: July 22nd […]

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