Victims Advocate Job Description and Career Outlook

Careers for victim advocates (or victims’ advocate) are growing as more professional and non-profit organizations embrace the importance of having someone on staff to work with the victims of crime or abuse. These positions are available in a wide array of fields including the areas of criminal justice, social services and community outreach.

Victim Advocate Job Description and Common Tasks

A victim advocate is trained to help victims cope with the stress and trauma that follows a situation involving crime or abuse. The situation can be brief and immediate, or have been sustained over time such as that experienced during spousal abuse.

Victims often have to manage a field of issues that may involve psychological, physical, financial and/or emotional stress. They often require expert care that involves listening to their questions and concerns, and then explaining what kind of options they have and the types of support systems that are in place in their community.

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Victim Advocate Requirements and Training

A career as a victim advocate often begins with coursework in the social sciences. Most professional victim advocates have an associate’s, bachelor’s or master’s degree in psychology, criminal justice or social work.

This coursework is frequently coupled with a great deal of practical training in the arena of social work, as victim advocates must hone their skills in listening and using teamwork-oriented methods of problem-solving to work with their clients.

Victim Advocate Salary, Job Outlook, and Employers

Victim advocates are fast becoming a part of the traditional community landscape and so opportunities to pursue this career field are growing. They have been common in larger cities and suburban areas for some time, but now even smaller communities are seeing the benefits of supporting programs for victims of crime and abuse. These professionals are often employed by non-profit organizations, state or federal legal offices, shelters and community centers, or act as independent consultants. The Bureau of Labor Statistics doesn’t provide data on salary for victim advocate.

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University of Phoenix
Campuses: 1Online
Popular Degrees:

  • M.S. in Psychology/Industrial- Organizational Psychology
  • M.S. in Psychology/Behavioral Health
  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology

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Florida Tech University Online
Campuses: 1Online
Popular Degrees:

  • Associate of Arts in Applied Psychology
  • Bachelor of Arts in Applied Psychology
  • Bachelor of Arts in Applied Psychology/Clinical Psychology

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Capella University
Campuses: 1Online
Popular Degrees:

  • MS - Counseling Psychology
  • PhD - Counselor Education and Supervision
  • PsyD - School Psychology

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California University of Pennsylvania
Campuses: 1Online
Popular Degrees:

  • Graduate Certificate in Sports Counseling
  • Post-Masters Cert: Exercise Science and Health Promotion: Sport Psychology
  • MS: Sport Management Studies- Sports Counseling

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Liberty University
Campuses: 1Online
Popular Degrees:

  • MA in Professional Counseling - 60 Hour
  • PhD Counseling: Advanced Clinical Skills
  • PhD in Counseling - Professional Counseling

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Colorado Technical University Online
Campuses: 1Online
Popular Degrees:

  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology
  • Associate of Science in General Studies
  • Associate of Science in General Studies - Military Studies

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Walden University
Campuses: 1Online
Popular Degrees:

  • M.S. in School Counseling - General Program
  • Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision - Consultation
  • Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision - Counseling and Social Change


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