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The Ohio Advocate Network (OAN)


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Recognizing the need to publicly affirm the field of Victim Advocacy, establish ethical professional standards, and encourage continuing education and specialized training, a coalition of victim service providers representing numerous statewide advocacy organizations formed the Ohio Advocate Network in 1994 and developed a registration protocol to benefit Victim Advocates and Allied Professionals working to assist crime victims in the state of Ohio. Acquiring and retaining the OAN Registered Advocate credential attests that an individual has achieved a defined level of service experience and training in the victim assistance profession, and maintains a commitment to ethical standards of practice. OAN proudly served as the model for the National Advocate Credentialing Program (NACP), established in 2003. 

The OAN Review Committee remains dedicated to professionalizing the field of victim advocacy and maintaining a best-practice approach for credentialing. Occasionally, it is necessary for the Committee to revise OAN policy, procedure, or the application documents. All updates are crafted with a continuing commitment to offer a credentialing process that is achievable, affordable, and meaningful. To ensure a smooth application process, it is important for all applicants to select and download the proper type of application prior to each submission, and thoroughly review the complete packet. Outdated application forms submitted for review will be declined.

OAN Application Packets

New Applicants
Click here for OAN's Packet for New Applicants (Information/Instructions/Application)

Renewing Applicants
Click here for OAN's Packet for Renewing Applicants (Information/Instructions/Application)

Upgrading & Renewing
Click here for OAN's Packet for Upgrading & Renewing Applicants (Information/Instructions/Application)

Code of Professional Ethics

Click here for the NOVA Code of Professional Ethics for Victim Service Providers


Click here for OAN's CEU Training Verification Form.

Click here for OAN's Training Area Guidelines List.

How to Contact the Ohio Advocate Network

The Ohio Advocate Network for Registration and Training
c/o Greene County Prosecutor’s Office
61 Greene Street, Suite 200
Xenia OH 45385

Teri LaJeunesse, Chair
OAN Review Committee
(937) 562-5087