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Victimology (Graduate Certificate)

Ontario College Graduate Certificate

Ontario College Graduate Certificate

Program Description

When a victim comes forward to provide the information necessary to convict a criminal, they need support. In this program you will receive the training and skills necessary to advocate for victims and help them access the services they need to rebuild their lives and regain their confidence.

This program will give individuals with related experience and education the specialized knowledge and skills in victimology required to provide a variety of services to victims and their families.

Admission Requirements

  • University degree or college diploma in related field OR a minimum of three years of related industry experience, detailed in a professional resume with a letter of intent, may be considered.
  • Applicants who have been educated outside of Canada must have their documents evaluated by a credential assessment service (ICAS) or (WES) and submit proof of educational qualifications. To obtain a Credential Assessment Report visit either ICAS (1.800.321.6021) or WES (1.866.343.0070)
  • English Language Proficiency Requirement: Applicants whose first language is not English or who are internationally educated in a non-English speaking country must meet Durham College's English Language Proficiency Policy.
  • You must maintain an overall average of 60% or a GPA of 2.0 in order to graduate
  • A minimum of 25% of courses must be completed through Durham College.

Program Admission

Please note: Due to the college closure, please do not send official transcripts by mail or fax. An electronic copy of your transcript can be emailed to us at with your program admission form to get your application started until the college re-opens.

Students are required to complete and submit this form to indicate that the program's admission requirements have been met.

Click to access the Program Admission Form

This form must be submitted and an Admission Acceptance Letter received prior to registering for any courses.

Program Of Study

Students are required to print or save a copy of the Program of Study when beginning the program. This document contains critical details about program progression and graduation requirements specific to the academic year in which your program was started.

Click to access the Program of Study for the current academic year.

Students who began this program prior to the current academic year may contact the Centre for Professional and Part-Time Learning office at or 905-721-3052 to obtain your Program of Study and graduation requirements.

Field Placement

This program contains a field placement requirement.

For details, including paperwork submission deadlines, please visit the Field Placement Page.

For additional, program-specific field placement questions, please read the Victimology Field Placement FAQs.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be equipped to:

  • 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
  • Assess and refer victims of crime to appropriate services
  • Design and deliver victim service education to other professionals and members of the community
  • Collaborate with service agencies to plan, deliver and evaluate victim service programs and initiatives
  • Identify, analyze and apply current research and theory to victim services
  • Assess the personal impact of delivering victim services and employ self care strategies
  • Design and evaluate a training plan for personal and professional development in victim services

Career Options

Potential career and industry options may include:

  • Victim services advocate
  • Victim witness assistance worker
  • Addiction services
  • Child and youth protection, probation and parole
  • Community/social service agencies
  • Correctional facilities
  • Criminal justice system
  • Victim crisis services

Program Related Questions? Call 905.721.3052

If you are interested in applying for financial aid, please visit the Centre for Professional and Part-Time Learning OSAP Eligibility webpage.