Program: VICT
Credential: Ontario College Graduate Certificate
Delivery: Part-time - Online
Work Integrated Learning: 1 Field Placement
Length: 2 Semesters
Duration: 1 Year
Effective: Fall 2021
Location: Orillia


In this program, students will 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, with an applied victim centered focus. Specific course emphasis is given to issues such as childhood physical and sexual abuse, intimate partner violence, and sexual assault. A field placement experience in victim services provides students with the opportunity to collaborate with victim service agencies in the planning, delivery and evaluation of victim services and advocacy.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of this program may find employment opportunities in fields such as social services, child protection, crisis response, and the criminal justice system. Opportunities may also be available in policy areas related to victimization.

Program Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. assess individuals, families and groups for the risk and experience of victimization;
  2. advocate for victims of crime within the criminal justice and other systems;
  3. plan, implement and evaluate interventions aimed at prevention and healing for victims of crime;
  4. refer victims of crime to appropriate services;
  5. design and deliver victim service education to other professionals and members of the community;
  6. collaborate with service agencies to plan, deliver and evaluate victim service programs and initiatives;
  7. identify, analyze and apply current research and theory to victim services;
  8. assess the personal impact of delivering victim services and employ self care strategies.

Admission Requirements

  • college diploma with a specialty in social services, youth services, police foundations, early childhood education, community and justice services
  • university degree, with a specialty in social work, criminology, law, psychology, counselling, nursing, sociology or other related degree

Criminal Reference/Vulnerable Sector Check

Placement agencies require an up-to-date clear criminal reference check and vulnerable sector check prior to going out on placement. Students should obtain their criminal reference three months prior to placement; checks conducted earlier may not be considered current. As some jurisdictions require longer lead-time for processing, please check with the program coordinator to ensure you allow for sufficient turn-around time. It is the student's responsibility to provide the completed document prior to placement start.

NOTE: A record of criminal offences, for which a pardon has not been granted, may prevent students from completing their placements, thereby affecting their ability to graduate.

Graduation Requirements

12 Program Courses
1 Field Placement

Graduation Eligibility

To graduate from this program, a student must attain a minimum of 60% or a letter grade of P (Pass) or S (Satisfactory) in each course in each semester. The passing weighted average for promotion through each semester and to graduate is 60%.

Program Tracking

The following reflects the planned course sequence for full-time offerings of the Fall intake of the program. Where more  than one intake is offered  contact the program co-ordinator for the program tracking.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Hours
Program Courses  
VICT 1000 Victimology: Theoretical Perspectives (ODE) 42
VICT 1001 Victims of Crimes (ODE) 42
VICT 1002 Victimization and the Law (ODE) 42
VICT 1003 Violence Against Women (ODE) 42
VICT 1004 Aboriginal Peoples: Understanding and Reducing Victimization (ODE) 28
VICT 1005 Victims and the Media (ODE) 28
VICT 1006 Violence Against Men (ODE) 28
Semester 2
Program Courses  
VICT 1007 Childhood Victimization (ODE) 42
VICT 1008 Diversity and Victim Assistance (ODE) 28
VICT 1009 Victimology: Professional Practice (ODE) 28
VICT 1010 Victimology: Assessment and Intervention (ODE) 42
VICT 1011 Victim Assistance Services (ODE) 42
Field Placement  
VICT 1012 Field Placement 160
 Total Hours594

Graduation Window

Students unable to adhere to the program duration of one year (as stated above) may take a maximum of two years to complete their credential. After this time, students must be re-admitted into the program, and follow the curriculum in place at the time of re-admission.

Disclaimer: The information in this document is correct at the time of publication. Academic content of programs and courses is revised on an ongoing basis to ensure relevance to changing educational objectives and employment market needs. 

Program outlines may be subject to change in response to emerging situations, in order to facilitate student achievement of the learning outcomes required for graduation. Components such as courses, progression, coop work terms, placements, internships and other requirements may be delivered differently than published.

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