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Training Opportunities and Announcements  



Each victim of violence deserves to be treated with dignity and respect, and to have evidence of the crimes committed against them preserved for future prosecution.

• Unfortunately, many areas of the state lack the ability to document and collect medical evidence to help protect victims of crime.

• Forensic evidence collection requires the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities to do so from the onset of patient care.

• ACFTA offers nurses and health care professionals, across the state, training to ensure trauma informed care for victims of violence which will ultimately promote justice for all victims in Alaska.

To register for the ACFTA go to:  Select the Alaska Comprehensive Forensic Training Academy, add it to the cart, and register for the site as well as the online portion of this academy.  The online course will run continuously.

For additional information:  ACFTA flyer and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

A limited number of travel scholarships are available to assist participants traveling to Anchorage for the in-person component of this academy. In-person training sessions for 2019 are scheduled for: 
May 14-16; August 20-22; and December 10-12. 

Travel Scholarship Applications are now available. Please read the instructions and requirements for a travel scholarship within the application. Requests for a travel scholarship should be submitted at least 3-weeks in advance to allow time for review, approval and calculation of the amount of funding available. The on-line portion of this training must be completed in-full prior to attending the 3-day
in-person training.

This nursing Continuing Education (CE) activity is jointly provided by the Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (CDVSA), the UAA College of Health, and the Alaska Nurses Association (AaNA)

Sexual Assault Response Teams (SART)

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Sexual Assault Response Teams work collaboratively to provide specialized sexual assault intervention services. Teams generally have goals of increasing reporting and conviction of sexual assaults and countering the experience of sexual trauma with a sensitive and competent response. Typically, teams consists advocates, law enforcement officers, forensic examiners such as SANE nurses, crime lab personnel, and prosecutors.


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Upcoming SART Trainings

The Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (CDVSA) is hosting a Regional Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) training

Where: Fairbanks, AK

When: November 19-21, 2019. (General Session)
             November 22, 2019 (Optional discipline-specific training day).

*Exact times may vary, though we anticipate the training to be 8am-5pm each day. 

Who: The CDVSA invites members of active SAR Teams from the communities of Fairbanks, Utqiagvik, Kotzebue, and Nome to participate in this training. Eligibility includes those who may not have a full team in their community, but who respond to sexual assault reports and coordinate with teams in other communities to provide a full continuum of care to victims. This includes advocates, law enforcement, nurses or other medical responders, and prosecutors.
Details about travel costs covered by CDVSA are in the registration. Please click on this link for more information about this training and to apply:

Please contact Meggie Stogner with any questions: 

Understanding Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

This 30-hour online course is designed to increase understanding of the ways in which domestic violence (DV) and sexual assault (SA) impact out world, our communities, and our personal lives. The course is facilitated by the Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, a statewide DV/SA coalition. Topics include an overview of DV and SA, the impact of DV on children, trauma informed care, mandated reporting of child and vulnerable adult abuse, confidentiality, protective orders, safety planning, historical trauma, crisis and suicide intervention, and vicarious trauma.

For more information go to: