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Upcoming Training Opportunities

HB 325: Changes to Alaska's Sexual Assault Laws

Trainings offered December 6th, 9th, 12th (virtual) or 13th (in person for Anchorage & MatSu MDT members).
All sessions are identical - register for only one.

Persons working in Alaska who are commissioned Alaskan law enforcement, CDVSA-funded victim advocates, VAWA Tribal Grantees, SANE/forensic medical providers, prosecutors, or victim witness paralegals are invited to attend one of the following trainings to understand the implications of new statutory language going into effect on January 1, 2023, changing the definition of "without consent" and providing other changes to Alaska's sex crimes statutes and other criminal statutes. It is crucial that all SART MDT members understand these changes prior to the effective date. 

PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR THE FLYER listing the dates, times, and more information about the purpose of the training. 

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER. Registration is open until December 1, 2022. Each session is identical so please only register for one. 

Questions? Contact Kristie Kunder at or Katie Tepas at

Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) Training
November 7-10, 2022

The application period for this training has closed and all participant spots are filled. Please visit this page in January 2023 for information about applying to the March 2023 SART training.


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: November 7-10, 2022. 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 November 8 (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 Marjorie Hamburger, Program Coordinator, (907) 465-4673,

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

The Alaska Comprehensive Forensic Training Academy (ACFTA) offers nurses and health care professionals across the state training to ensure trauma-informed care is provided to victims of violence, which will ultimately promote justice for survivors. 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 20-25 hours of independent online learning followed by 20-25 hours of live, virtual training, delivered over the course of 3 days utilizing Zoom. The course is provided at no charge. 

The next training is scheduled for the fall of 2022. Information and the link to register is forthcoming. In the meantime, questions can be directed to Angelia Trujillo, Primary Nurse Planner at the Alaska Nurses Association, at