DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE SEXUAL ASSAULT ADVOCATE CERTIFICATION PROGRAM

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REF/A/DOC/H.R. 112 CONGRESS/31DEC11//
AMPN/REF A IS THE NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT FOR FY-12//

RMKS/1.  THIS NAVADMIN PROVIDES AMPLIFYING INFORMATION ON THE REQUIREMENTS OF 
REF A.  REF A REQUIRES THAT ON AND AFTER 1 OCTOBER 2013, ONLY MEMBERS OF THE 
ARMED FORCES AND CIVILIAN EMPLOYEES OF THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE (DOD) MAY BE 
ASSIGNED TO DUTY AS SEXUAL ASSAULT RESPONSE COORDINATORS (SARC) AND SEXUAL 
ASSAULT PREVENTION AND RESPONSE (SAPR) VICTIM ADVOCATES (VA).  ADDITIONALLY 
SARCS, SAPR VAS, OR UNIT LEVEL VAS (UVA) WHO PROVIDE ADVOCACY AND SUPPORT 
SERVICES TO SEXUAL ASSAULT VICTIMS, MUST BE CREDENTIALED NO LATER THAN 1 
OCTOBER 2013.

2.  IN CONJUNCTION WITH DOD SEXUAL ASSAULT PREVENTION AND RESPONSE OFFICE 
(SAPRO), THE NATIONAL ORGANIZATION FOR VICTIMS ASSISTANCE (NOVA) WILL 
ADMINISTER THE DOD SEXUAL ASSAULT ADVOCATE CERTIFICATION PROGRAM (D-SAACP).  
THIS PROGRAM WILL PROVIDE NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED ADVOCACY STANDARDS FOR THE 
CERTIFICATION/CREDENTIALLING OF SARCS, SAPR VAS AND SAPR UVAS.

3.  ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
    A.  COMMANDER, NAVY INSTALLATIONS COMMAND (CNIC) IS RESPONSIBLE FOR 
PROMULGATING GUIDANCE FOR MANAGEMENT, IMPLEMENTATION AND OVERSIGHT OF THE D-
SAACP WITHIN THE NAVY.
    B.  INSTALLATION SARCS WILL OVERSEE THE CERTIFICATION/ CREDENTIALING 
PROCESS FOR NAVY SAPR VAS AND SAPR UVAS UNDER THEIR AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY.
    C.  ALL SARCS, SAPR VAS, AND SAPR UVAS MUST:
        (1) COMPLETE THE PRE-APPROVED 40 HOURS OF VICTIM ADVOCATE TRAINING AND 
BE CREDENTIALED BY NOVA PRIOR TO PERFORMING SEXUAL ASSAULT VICTIM SUPPORT 
FUNCTIONS.
CURRENT VICTIM ADVOCATES CAN CONTINUE TO PERFORM THEIR DUTIES, BUT MUST 
COMPLETE THE REQUIRED TRAINING AND OBTAIN CERTIFICATION PRIOR TO 1 OCTOBER 
2013 IN ORDER TO KEEP PERFORMING ADVOCATE DUTIES BEYOND THAT DATE.
        (2) SUBMIT A COMPLETED D-SAACP APPLICATION PACKET (DD FORM 2950) TO 
NOVA VIA REGULAR MAIL OR ENCRYPTED E-MAIL NLT 31 JULY 2013 TO MEET THE 
CREDENTIALING DEADLINE OF 1 OCTOBER 2013.  APPLICANTS DO NOT NEED TO SUBMIT 
ANY PAYMENT FOR D-SAACP CERTIFICATION.
        (3) SUBMIT RENEWAL APPLICATIONS TO NOVA PRIOR TO 180 DAYS OF THE 
EXPIRATION OF CERTIFICATION.  THE INITIAL D-SAACP CERTIFICATION/ CREDENTIALS 
WILL BE VALID FOR TWO YEARS.
    D.  SAPR VAS AND SAPR UVAS WHO HAVE COMPLETED THE CURRENT 30-HOUR SAPR VA 
TRAINING AND THE REQUIRED ANNUAL REFRESHER COURSE MUST:
        (1) COMPLETE AN ADDITIONAL 10 HOURS OF NATIONAL ADVOCATE CREDENTIALING 
PROGRAM (NACP)-APPROVED ONLINE TRAINING COURSES TO MEET THE 40-HOUR TRAINING 
REQUIREMENT FOR CREDENTIALING BY REGISTERING AT THE NACP-APPROVED OFFICE FOR 
VICTIMS OF CRIME TRAINING AND TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE CENTER (OVC TTAC) ONLINE 
TRAINING AT HTTPS://WWW.OVCTTAC.GOV/VIEWS/ 
TRAININGMATERIALS/DSPONLINE_VATONLINE.CFM; AND
        (2) PROVIDE PROOF OF COMPLETION OF THE FOLLOWING 15 REQUIRED MODULES 
TO THEIR RESPECTIVE INSTALLATION SARC:
                (A)  VICTIM SERVICES PROGRAM OVERVIEW
                (B)  ETHICS
                (C)  CULTURAL COMPETENCY
                (D)  CHALLENGES
                (E)  COMMUNICATION
                (F)  ADVOCACY
                (G)  ASSESSING NEEDS AND IDENTIFYING RESOURCES
                (H)  CRISIS INTERVENTION
                (I)  ENGAGING CLIENTS AND ESTABLISHING RAPPORT
                (J)  PROBLEM SOLVING
                (K)  CONFLICT MANAGEMENT
                (L)  CORE SKILLS
                (M)  SEXUAL VIOLENCE
                (N)  STALKING
                (O)  HELPING CLIENTS WITH TRAUMATIC EXPERIENCES.

4.  THROUGH THE D-SAACP, SARCS, SAPR VAS AND SAPR UVAS WILL JOIN A GROWING 
FIELD OF CERTIFIED CIVILIAN VAS WHO ARE TRAINED AND COMMITTED TO UPHOLDING THE 
HIGHEST STANDARDS OF VICTIM ADVOCACY AND PRIVACY.  SARCS, SAPR VAS, AND 
COMMAND SAPR VAS WHO ARE NOT CREDENTIALED BY 1 OCTOBER 2013 CANNOT PROVIDE 
ADVOCACY AND SUPPORTIVE SERVICES TO VICTIMS IN THE CAPACITY OF A SARC, SAPR VA 
OR COMMAND SAPR VA.

5.  THE DD FORM 2950 AND COMPLETION INSTRUCTIONS ARE AVAILABLE AT 
HTTP://WWW.TRYNOVA.ORG/HELP-CRIME-VICTIM/DSAACP.

6.  POINT OF CONTACT IS MS. TONETTE SIVELLS, (CNIC N91) AT 202-433-4637/DSN 
288-4367)OR VIA E-MAIL AT TONETTE.SIVELLS(AT)NAVY.MI L

7.  RELEASED BY VICE ADMIRAL S. R. VAN BUSKIRK, N1.//

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