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Understanding Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

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This 30-hour online course is designed to increase understanding of the ways in which domestic violence (DV) and sexual assault (SA) impact our world, our communities and our individual personal lives to enhance awareness of:

  • historical trauma
  • the impact of violence on children
  • how to deliver trauma-informed services
  • intervention in crisis situations
  • how to help someone who may be suicidal  

This course is intended for:
  • advocacy and social work professionals
  • medical personnel
  • law enforcement officers
  • legal professionals
  • students

This course will equip any agency that wants to be aware of the unique challenges and opportunities in serving survivors of domestic violence or  sexual assault. Students receive 3 CEUs upon completion.

Register online at:
or call: 800-478-6653 x7762 or 907-747-7762

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.

The Sexual Assault Response Team Sustainability and Future Visions committee met in 2011 to provide modifications to the State SART protocols to better serve the interests of victims, their families and the State. The three subcommittees - SART protocols/guidelines, costs of forensic examinations, and measuring success: outcome measures for Alaska's response – met separately to draft and revise statewide policies. Alaska will have consistent SART trainings in the Spring and the Fall of each year. In concert with the Alaska Network on Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault, the Council has developed protocols for communities interested in having their own SART teams. If you are interested in learning more, please call the Council to find out more information.

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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: Ketchikan, AK.
When: November 6-8, 2018. Exact times may vary, though we anticipate the training to be 8am-5pm each day. 

Who: The CDVSA invites members of active SAR Teams in the following communities to participate in this training: Ketchikan, Craig, Petersburg, Sitka, Juneau, Metlakatla, Haines, Skagway, Hoonah and Yakutat. 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.
How to apply: Please click on the link below for more information about this training and to apply:

Please contact Meggie Reinholdt with any questions: 

Prevention Webinar Series

CDVSA in partnership with Strategic Prevention Solutions and prevention colleagues from across the state are hosting a series of webinars to support the growth of community led prevention planning and programming. We held our first webinar this morning.


Upcoming webinars:

  • No webinars are currently scheduled. Please check back for future dates and topics.
Advocating for Alaska Children
A presentation by Cory Bryant, MSW and Margaret Volz, MN, PNP with Alaska CARES: Providence Health & Services
Domestic Violence and Children: How to strengthen the Mother-Child Relationship After Violence
A presentation by Linda Zinke (Executive Director) and Michelle Zinke (Training and Resource Coordinator) of the Nebraska Association for the Education of Young Children.
Gang Information
A brief look at gang symbols
Reporting Child Maltreatment
A presentation regarding Alaska State law AS 47.17.020 by the Office of Children's Services
Parenting and Recovery
"We are the ancestors of the future" a presentation by Tia M. Holley RHS, AAS, CDCII, NCACI
Practical Tips for Working with Parents and Children Impacted by Multiple Forms of Abuse (PDF, Large File)
A presentation by Patricia Bland and Tia Holley with several slides adapted from FAS/FAE Strategies for Professionals by Diane Malbin, MSW, Hazelden Educational Materials, 1993, The Key to Drug FreeChildren: Awareness, Elks Magazine, 1998 and Recovery, A Guide for ACOAsby Gravitz & Bowden, 1985.
Rural Conference 2009 Agenda
The Rural Conference 2009 Agenda
Rural Conference 2009 Presenter Bios
A list of Rural Conference 2009 presenters and a brief biography
Train The Trainer: Classroom Materials
Multiple documents which present information and provide worksheets for training trainers.