About the program

This online program will benefit professionals within a variety of occupational fields providing services to victims of crime including social services, child protection, crisis response, the criminal justice system and in policy areas related to victimization. Students develop an understanding of victims' rights, sudden and traumatic loss, victim populations, crime and its effects on victims in the criminal justice system. History and theories of victimization are explored along with victim services agencies in the planning, delivery and evaluation of victim services and advocacy. Specific course emphasis is given to issues such as childhood physical and sexual abuse, intimate partner violence and sexual assault.

Program information

All courses must be completed within 5 years of acceptance into the program.

Admission requirements

University degree in one of the following fields of study; social work, criminology, law, psychology, counseling, nursing, sociology or other related degree,


A college diploma in social services, youth services, police foundations, early childhood education, community and justice services, or any other related area, or equivalent


A combination of relevant education and work experience related to these fields of study.

Admission procedures

  • Submit a completed Conestoga College Program Application Form.
  • Submit proof of Admission Requirements. Review Apply to a Program to learn how.
  • Applicants with a diploma or degree in a field of study not listed, or those wishing to be considered with relevant education and work experience, must submit a current resume and a letter of application outlining why you are applying to the program. Upload your letter and resume with your application.
  • Final selection is made following an assessment of the admission requirements.

Graduate opportunities

For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website: https://www.jobbank.gc.ca/home

Program outcomes

  • Assess individuals, families and groups for the risk and experience of victimization.
  • Advocate for victims of crime within the criminal justice and other systems.
  • Plan, implement and evaluate interventions aimed at prevention and healing for victims of crime.
  • Develop plans to refer victims of crime to appropriate services.
  • Identify, analyze and apply current research and theory to victim services.
  • Assess the personal impact of delivering victim services and employ self-care strategies.

Program related resources

Program contact

Continuing Education
Upcoming registrations

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Spring registration: Opens March 11, 2024
Fall registration: Opens July 22, 2024