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Upcoming Training Opportunities

Voice! Acknowledgment! Power! Victims’ Rights & Restorative Justice Symposium 
April 27-29, 2023
Hosted by Dr. Ingrid Johnson & Dr. Rei Shimizu in partnership with the Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
Through this series of events, the goal is to educate and empower Alaska’s current and future leaders in the victim service, advocacy, and support fields to use restorative justice practices to give voice, acknowledgment, power, and justice to those impacted by crime.

More information is included in the attached flyers* and via the registration link ( Notably, along with local expert panelists, we will be joined by keynote speaker sujatha baliga, a former victim advocate and an internationally recognized leader in the field of restorative justice.

This Symposium is specifically designed for professionals in the victim service and advocacy fields.  Because space is limited, registration is only open to those professionals until March 10th.  After March 10, registration will be open and promoted to a broader audience, including those in other criminal justice and legal fields.

Reflections Flyer
Lunch & Learn Flyer
* Alternative registration link -

Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) Training
March 14-17, 2023

NOTE: If you were accepted into the canceled November 2022 training there is no need to reapply. You will be contacted to confirm your participation in March.

To apply to this training click here: 


WHAT: Statewide Sexual Assault Response Team training, sponsored by the Alaska Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault in partnership with the Alaska State Troopers, State of Alaska Department of Law, the Alaska Nurses Association, the Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, and the Alaska Native Women’s Resource Center.

WHERE: Anchorage, Alaska. There is no registration fee and CDVSA will cover travel and lodging costs for accepted applicants traveling from greater than 50 miles from the training site. Per diem is not covered. After being accepted into the training, participants will be informed about how to arrange travel and lodging in order to have those costs covered. Please await instructions on booking travel/lodging.

WHEN: March 14-17, 2023. Training will begin at 8 am and end at 5:00 pm each day, with lunch and breaks scheduled. Attending the 4 full days of training is mandatory as well a completing one on-line training segment prior to the start of in-person training (approx. 1 hour). 

Continuing Medical Education credits and (APSC) Alaska Police Standards Council credits are offered with full participation.


Who is eligible to participate in this training? Members of active SAR Teams (advocates, nurses/forensic examiners, law enforcement, prosecutors, and paralegals) across the state of Alaska including those without 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.

What is SART? A Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) is a multidisciplinary interagency team consisting of victim advocates, law enforcement officers, forensic examiners (such as Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners), crime lab personnel, and prosecutors. The team provides a coordinated, efficient, and supportive response to persons who have been sexually assaulted that focuses on the victim’s needs and choices. The team’s response is designed to reduce the trauma of a sexual assault by providing victim-centered advocacy, care, and services, and to increase the likelihood that assaults can be successfully prosecuted. 


SART training objectives include:

  • Learning to treat victims/survivors with dignity, respect, and empathy

  • Learning the roles of each of the disciplines in the SAR Team

  • Learning assault response options and processes

  • Learning discipline-related skills for responding to a SART call

  • Building relationships with individuals from the other disciplines within your geographic area to lay the foundation for effective working relationships

Contact Lorraine Willis , ANDVSA Sexual Assault Response Specialist, (907) 465-7702,

SART trainings are sponsored by the Alaska Council on Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault in partnership with the Alaska State Troopers, State of Alaska Department of Law, the Alaska Nurses Association (AaNA), the Alaska Network on Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault, and the Alaska Native Women’s Resource Center. AaNA is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by Montana Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.   





Understanding Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
This 30-hour, rolling admission, online course is designed to increase understanding of the ways in which domestic violence and sexual assault impact our world, our communities, and our personal lives. Students who complete it earn 3 continuing education credits.
The course will equipe anyone interested in understanding the challenges and opportunities in serving survivors of interpersonal violence or sexual assault including:

  • Advocacy & social work professionals
  • Medical personnel
  • Law enforcement officers
  • Legal professionals
For more information or to register, visit: ANDVSA Online Course - ANDVSA

The Alaska Comprehensive Forensic Training Academy (ACFTA)

The Alaska Comprehensive Forensic Training Academy is designed for nurses and health care professionals who seek to provide evidence-based and trauma-informed care to victims of violence. It is a partnership between the Council on Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault, the UAA College of Health, and the Alaska Nurses Association. 

The course consists of 24 hours of independent online learning followed by 24 hours of live, virtual training delivered over the course of 3 days utilizing Zoom. The course is provided at no charge. 

Upcoming live (virtual) trainings are December 13-15, 2022 and May 9-11, 2023. The online independent portion of the training must be completed 2 days prior to attending a live session.

Click here for the ACFTA flyer. 
Click here for an FAQ about the training academy. 

Register for the online training at

Questions can be directed to Angelia Trujillo, UAA School of Nursing, at

Building Effective Prevention Programs Through Meaningful Partnerships

Alaska's Primary Prevention Virtual Summit, January 24-26, 2023 

Alaska's annual prevention summit brings in community teams to highlight state and local efforts to reduce and ultimately prevent domestic violence, sexual assault, and other social and health-related challenges. The event is sponsored by the Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, in partnership with the Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, the Department of Education and Early Development, and the Department of Public Health: Women’s, Children's, and Family Health Division. There is no cost for participation, but registrants will need internet access and a computer with audio and video capability, although accommodations can be made for those who need to participate by phone.

Register here by Tuesday, January 3, 2023

If you have technical questions about attending the virtual summit, contact Brianna Crane at For all other questions, contact Ann Rausch at