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The Iowa Victim Advocate Certification Program establishes certification for individuals providing victim advocacy in the State of Iowa. Victim Counselor training is required for any person providing direct service to survivors of domestic or sexual abuse at a primary-purpose crime victim centers.

Iowa Code  915.20A: Section 1-d

“Victim counselor” means a person who is engaged in a crime victim center, is certified as a counselor by the crime victim center, and is under the control of a direct services supervisor of a crime victim center, whose primary purpose is the rendering of advice, counseling, and assistance to the victims of crime.

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