What is the TEPA Accreditation Program?

TEPA SealThe Violence Against Women Act and other similar laws promote a variety of Training, Education, and Public Awareness (TEPA) programs. In order to be effective, abuse-reduction interventions need to rely on information that is accurate, unbiased, and up-to-date.

The TEPA Accreditation Program is a quality-assurance initiative designed to ensure the scientific accuracy, validity, and truthfulness of information presented to members of the general public, shelter workers, victims and offenders, criminal justice personnel, and other groups regarding domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and dating violence.

A Training, Education, or Public Awareness program is defined as:

Any planned effort designed to influence the knowledge, awareness, opinions, and/or behaviors of any target audience regarding domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, or dating violence.

Examples of TEPA programs include:

  • Seminars, lectures, and presentations
  • Continuing education and in-service training programs
  • School-based educational activities
  • Psycho-educational programs
  • Internet-based fact sheets and other web-based static content
  • Webinars
  • Mass transit placards
  • Public service announcements

The provision of individual legal advice and psychotherapy services fall outside the scope of a TEPA program.

TEPA programs and activities can be conducted by a broad range of organizations including:

  • State domestic violence and sexual assault coalitions
  • Abuse shelters
  • Professional and trade organizations
  • Technical assistance groups
  • Hotlines
  • Governmental entities at the federal, state, and local levels

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