Professional Standards Committee

The CAPPA Professional Standards Committee strives for campus advocates and prevention professionals to define professional standards derived from the best available evidence, practice expertise. The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to working within a campus community, reflecting the knowledge and skills that advocates and prevention professionals need for success. Our standards will reflect our commit to being survivor-centered and focused on ending gender-based violence on campus.

Campus advocates and prevention professionals have a unique responsibility to support survivors, provide on-going, informed and culturally competent primary prevention education and outreach, and collaborate among campus and community stakeholders.  As our field continues to grow, CAPPA is working to create standards to delineate a level of competency for campus advocates and prevention professionals. This will also help to assess performance in the field of interpersonal violence prevention and to foster a high degree of professional excellence.

Our overall goals are to engage in processes to answer the following questions and provide tools for our profession:

  • Develop core competencies that advocates and prevention professionals should possess to support survivors and address sexual assault, intimate partner violence, and stalking across the prevention continuum.

  • Leverage CAPPA’s membership’s expertise, experience, and skills to improve campus gender-based violence prevention and response efforts.

  • Work collaboratively with community and national organizations that address sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking to ensure that standards related to our field reflect the expertise of professionals in our field.

  • Provide guidance via white papers and other mechanisms related to professional competencies and best practices for campus gender-based violence prevention and advocacy programs.

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