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Training Opportunities and Announcements

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 Ė 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

  • April 5-7, 2017, BP Energy Center, 900 E Benson Blvd., Anchorage, AK 99508
    Click here to register
    If you need additional information, please contact: Angela Wells at

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.

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Services*Training*Officers*Prosecutors (STOP)

The Council funds a variety of programs through federal STOP Violence Against Women Act Grant funds. This grant funds four key areas in the fight against domestic violence and sexual assault:

  • Law enforcement
  • Prosecution
  • Courts
  • Victim services

Recently STOP grant funds awarded to the Council have supported:

  • Sexual Assault Response Team (SART)/Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) training
  • A week-long sweep and community policing effort in rural Alaska which led to 15 sex offenders arrests and 10 domestic violence related arrests
  • A conference for prosecutors and paralegals about forensic evidence in domestic violence cases
  • The Litigating Family Law Cases Involving Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault continuing legal education (LAP) conference

Working with Children Exposed to Trauma in Shelter Settings Training -
May 10-11, 2017

The Working with Children Exposed to Trauma in Shelter Settings Training will take place in Anchorage on May 10 and 11th. This 2-day, interactive training designed for those new to working with children who have experienced violence. Attendees must be shelter-based children advocates and/or advocates working in shelter. This training provides an overview of the effects of trauma on development, behavior manifestations, as well as provides hands-on skills for on-the-job situations. Please note this training is beginner level and not suited for clinicians or counseling staff. Registration information will be available shortly. Two staff per program will be allowed.

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