Certificate in Forensic Victimology

Provides advanced knowledge of victim-offender dynamics to support prevention, investigation, and intervention in relation to violence and victimization.


Certificate Overview


Our Advanced Practice Certificate in Certificate in Forensic Victimology supports professionals to use the science of victimology and victim profile construction to engage in effective prevention, investigation, intervention, and policy development.

This certificate is designed to support mental health professionals who seek to engage in prevention, investigation, intervention and public policy development on behalf of those who have been victimized. Special considerations and required competencies for working in both criminal and civil contexts are explored.

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Certificate Highlights


Pathway to Master’s

The credits from this certificate coursework can be applied toward earning your Master of Science Degree in Forensic Behavioral Science or Forensic Leadership Administration.


Entirely Online

Our Certificate in Conflict Resolution and Peace Studies is offered fully online. All classes and coursework can be completed virtually and on your time, allowing you to tailor your education to your schedule.


Identify, Prevent, and Grow

You will explore, victimization prevention strategies, Investigation and Intervention, and the compassion-science balance approach to forensic victimology.


Curriculum Plan

Course One: Fundamentals of Forensic Victimology

Foundational Concepts in Forensic Victimology provides students with an overview of the field, and explores the latest research on victim-offender dynamics in relation to crime and event subtypes. Specific emphasis is placed on identifying risk and protective factors associated with victimology subtypes, constructing victim profiles to inform violence prevention, investigation/intervention, and policy efforts, and the compassion-science balance approach to forensic victimology.

Course Two: Forensic Victimology: Prevention and Safety Planning

This course will focus upon the practices that support prevention of victimization and revictimization. Research related to crime prevention will be explored. The course will also focus upon threat assessment in various milieu (public venues, households, the workplace, school campuses), as well as specific safety planning strategies to support the prevention of victimization. As mental health professionals are second only to law enforcement officers for risk of workplace victimization, this course will also include specific victimization prevention strategies for mental health professionals.

Course Three: Forensic Victimology: Investigation and Intervention

This course provides an overview of the investigation of crime and intervening with victims when one or more individuals has been victimized. The role of Victimology Assessment in offender identification and apprehension will be explored. Additionally, this course will focus upon the Victim-Witness, and his/her interdependence with the judicial system. Variables affecting Victim-Witness intervention, including age, cultural and gender variables; crime dynamics; trauma history; and cognitive-affective processing will be reviewed. Strategies for maximizing the efficacy of the Victim-Witness from a judicial standpoint, while simultaneously fostering recovery, will be explored. Finally, this course will explore the challenges to the investigator/practitioner who works with crime victims; discussions and strategies for the prevention of secondary victimization, vicarious trauma and compassion fatigue will be reviewed.


Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the modality of this program?

    The Certificate in Forensic Victimology program is offered fully online. All classes and coursework can be completed virtually and on your time, allowing you to tailor your education to your schedule.

  • What scholarship and financial aid options are available to me?

    Private and public scholarships can help you meet the cost of your education. Alliant International University is pleased to be able to offer a significant number of institutional scholarships for many of our students. Learn more about these scholarship opportunities here. Additional Financial aid is available for those who qualify in the form of loans, grants, federal work study, and military aid. Learn more in our Financial Options Guide.


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Why Alliant

At Alliant, our mission is to prepare students for professional careers of service and leadership and promote the discovery and application of knowledge to improve the lives of people in diverse cultures and communities around the world. Our Vision is an inclusive world empowered by Alliant alumni.



The California School of Forensic Studies is dedicated to graduating rigorously educated and trained professionals who impact society, public opinion, and policy by applying science in the service of preventing, investigating, and mitigating conflict and violence.


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