News and Updates


5/2021- The NACP is Offering 4 Credentialing Opportunities a Year!

The NACP is excited to be offering 4 Committee Reviews a year, giving advocates larger application windows and additional opportunity to earn their NACP Credentials. 

Applications windows:

  • November 1- January 31 (February Review)
  • February 1- April 30 (May Review)
  • May 1- July 31 (August Review)
  • August 1- October 31 (November Review)


3/2021- Updated Code of Professional Ethics for Victim Assistance Providers!

We are excited to announce the release of the 2021 Revised Code of Professional Ethics for Victim Services Providers! All NACP applications located on our website have been updated to include the most recent version! Please ensure that your application is the most recent version, inclusive of this modification, to avoid any delay in review of your application.


Watch the Recorded NACP Q&A

Get answers to some commonly asked NACP questions as asked by your peers, and get a brief walk through of some of our applications by watching the recording from our October 14, 2020 Brown Bag Q&A Session!

NACP Brown Bag Q&A

Interested in becoming a Credentialed Advocate? Come to an informal Q&A Session on October 14, 2020 at 4:00 pm EST to answer any questions you may have on the application process (Please note: This session is not to talk about individual application statuses).

Register now! You will receive a Zoom link for this session 24 hours before the event.

Website & Email Correspondence Update!

As many of you already are aware, both our website and primary email address ( were down for a period of time from August 25- September 16, 2020.  As a result, we did not receive any email correspondence sent to that email address between those dates and request that it be resent as soon as possible.  Apologies for the inconvenience and please do not hesitate to reach out to us with any questions you may have!

We’re going Virtual & providing an additional extension to your credentials!

We’re excited to announce that the NACP Committee will be conducting its first virtual application review session the week of June 22-26, 2020! Due to re-scheduling and restructuring our review session, we have extended the expiration date  to July 31, 2020 for all credentials set to expire June 30, 2020. If you have already submitted an application and have received automated notification of its entry into our database (to the email indicated on your application), you should have received an e-blast indicating this information.

Over the next few weeks, our NACP Coordinator will be working diligently to screen all submitted applications for missing information and errors. Once your application is screened, you will receive an automated update from our system indicating the status of your application: pending or incomplete. If your application is flagged as incomplete, you will be informed of exactly what is missing from your application and a time frame to resolve the issue(s) prior to the Committee’s review of your application.

Spring Deadline Extension & Expiration of Credentials

After much conversation and consideration surrounding the impact of COVID-19 on our communities, resources and overall well beings, we have decided to extend the NACP deadline to May 31, 2020 in an effort to support advocates during this unprecedented time.  We will be maintaining our standard credentialing period of two years in an attempt to continue with our NACP Review terms of May and November each year, which will result in all approved credentials from the April 2020 NACP term having an expiration date of June 30, 2022.

In accordance with CDC guidelines, the NOVA Headquarters Office staff is working remotely and is not receiving regular mail at this time.  If at all possible, please submit your NACP Applications to and await automated email confirmation within the following weeks. In the event that you do need to mail a hard copy of your application to our offices, please ensure that you keep a copy for your records in the event that mail services are disrupted prior to your application being received at the NOVA Office.


Lyft Trust and Safety Staff to Become Credentialed Advocates through the National Organization for Victim Assistance 40-Hour Training.

We are excited to announce that Lyft is investing in new employee training and will professionally credential all of their Trust and Safety team members who graduate from the 40-hour Victim Assistance training provided by the National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA). NACP is proud to support these efforts.

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Thank you so much to everyone who has responded to our message about the NACP changes and completed our survey! 

As the staff transitions are now complete and we work diligently to respond to the identified issues surrounding the mailing of NACP credentials and other concerns, we want our credentialed advocates and those in the process of applying for their NACP credential to have confidence in the fact that we continue to do everything possible to protect the integrity of the program and the value of the credential.

If you have an unresolved issue or question, please contact the NACP Chair, Jeannette Adkins, immediately at

Professionalizing the field of advocacy and providing you, the advocates we serve, with the credibility of this credential remains the highest priority. Thank you for your continued participation and your trust in NACP.


The National Advocate Review Committee is pleased to announce the addition of two new specialty areas at the request of our credentialed advocates! At this week’s NACP Review Committee meeting the committee voted to add these two new specialties:

Identity Theft/Financial Crimes

Human Trafficking

Both will be posted on the website soon along with related training topics. When a specialty is declared, there is a minimum training hour requirement for each NACP level which must be met in order for the advocate to declare the specialty area. Please see the required training topics and hours for all specialty areas under the training tab.

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Greene County, OH (Prosecutor’s Office) advocates wear their Advocacy Is… T-shirts with pride!  

All are NACP Credentialed advocates.  Greene County Prosecutor Stephen Haller supports credentialing and continuing education for his professional advocates.



NACP Adds Specialty Area:

The Campus Advocacy Specialty 

Sexual assault and domestic violence are a challenge to our nation, and young college women are at the highest risk.  Over 25% of college women experience sexual assault by the time they graduate and nearly half (43%) of dating college women report experiencing violence and abusive behavior.  The National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA) has demanded action as several brave campus survivors have come forward to share their experiences, which all too often include the trauma of re-victimization perpetuated by inaction, victim blaming and lack of support at institutions of higher education.  According to NOVA’s Executive Director, Chief Justice Richard Barajas (retired), “To enhance support, resources and information for campus survivors, NOVA believes every college campus should offer trained and credentialed victim advocates.”

As the first voluntary credentialing program available to crime victim advocates nationwide, NACP is uniquely positioned to create new standards and professional  recognition for campus victim advocates.   The new NACP credential specialty – Campus Advocacy Specialist – encourages campus advocates to seek specialized training and commit to NACP’s recognized standards for ethical and professional conduct.

As of August 2016, campus advocates may apply to NACP to become a Credentialed Advocate (CA) and choose the Campus Advocacy Specialty.  In addition to training many campus advocates receive on Title IX, Campus Sexual Assault, Prevention and other topics, NOVA now offers a 20-hour specialized training program for campus advocates called NOVA Campus Advocacy Training (NCAT).  The first group of graduates completed the 20-hour specialty course in February of 2017.

The Campus Advocacy Specialty is in addition to the following specialty areas:  

  • Comprehensive (serving three or more of the below populations)
  • Sexual Assault
  • Domestic Violence
  • Child Abuse
  • Homicide
  • Drunk Driving
  • Program Management (specific to program administrators, directors and managers)