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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 medical providers, across the state, training to ensure trauma informed care for victims of violence which will ultimately promote justice for all victims in Alaska.

 Alaska Comprehensive Forensic Training Academy opens for registration FEBRUARY 2019 

This nursing Continuing Education (CE) activity is jointly provided by the Alaska Nurses Association and Alaska's Council on Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault in partnership with the University of Alaska College of Health.


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 Statewide Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) training.
Where: Anchorage, AK.
When: April 16-18, 2019. Exact times may vary, though we anticipate the training to be 8am-5pm each day. 

Who: The CDVSA invites members of active SAR Teams statewide 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. If an entity from your local SART team is not on the list, please feel free to forward this email on to them. 
Details about travel costs covered by CDVSA are in the registration. Please click on the 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.

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