Important Updates
Week of April 13, 2020
UPCOMING TRAINING FOR RELIEF/EMERGENCY VOLUNTEERS
April 22, 9:00am – 12:00pm
 
ANDVSA will host a 3-hour webinar and provide follow up support for new volunteers who are willing to help answer phones and do routine advocacy tasks during this emergency. Topics covered in the training include DVSA 101, advocacy-based counseling, safety planning, history and current/emerging thinking on how best to support those who have experienced or struggle with intimate partner violence and/or sexual violence. More information and a link to register will be sent in the April 20 COVID-19 briefing. Contact Lauree Morton at lmorton@andvsa.org for more information. 
 
SUPPORT FOR EMPLOYEES: COVID-19 Leave and Hazard pay
 
1) COVID-19 Leave
Employees are eligible for federally mandated COVID-19 leave. This means that you can use specific leave associated with hardships related to COVID-19. By having this specific leave, employees are able to minimize the impact on their personal and sick leave already provided through their agency. This leave requires specific documentation, and there are six reasons employees can use this leave. This leave requires Board Approval of specific COVID-19 leave policies. For examples of policy you can adapt, please refer to:
For an explanation of the reasons employees are eligible for this leave, please consult the policies from the U.S. Department of Labor. 
 
Please contact Carmen Lowry at clowry@andvsa.org if you would like more information on developing policies regarding COVID-19 leave and/or hazard pay.
 
2) Hazard pay or pay differential
Agencies also can offer hazard pay or a pay differential to advocates and staff who continue to provide frontline services. To offer this type of additional and time-bound compensation, you must also have board approved policies. For an example policy template, please refer to this sample COVID-19 Pay Differential Policy (editable word document available on ANDVSA's COVID-19 Resource page). 
 
You can read the federal language referencing hazard pay, offered by Amy Loder, Associate Director at the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Violence Against Women, here: OVW hazard pay language.
 
EMERGENCY FUNDING: FVPSA, CDVSA, NNEDV and Wells Fargo
 
Emergency FVPSA funding to be released to the state soon
45 million emergency funds have allocated to FVPSA to respond to emerging needs related to COVID-19. These funds will be allocated to each state and the US territories according to a population-based formula.  The funds should be available to our FVPSA state administrators – CDVSA – sometime early next week. CDVSA is in process of putting together funding priorities and grant processes so that the funds can be quickly disbursed to agencies. Be on the lookout for more information coming from CDVSA soon. You can learn more about allowable costs by reviewing FVPSA FAQs here.
 
CDVSA emergency funds to be available soon
CDVSA is creating a funding stream and strategy to offer the greatest flexibility possible so that programs can respond quickly and effectively.  Be on the look out for announcements to be coming from CDVSA soon.
 
Grants from corporations and nonprofits
Wells Fargo and NNEDV in partnership with Allstate have open grant opportunities for nonprofits impacted by COVID-19. 
Note: as of April 10, Alaska Community Foundation and Alaska Mental Health Trust are not accepting new grant applications for their COVID-19 relief grants.  
 
KEY UPDATES FROM ANDVSA LEGAL
 
  • The Alaska Court System has updated their e-filing procedures in all court locations. Visit their website for more information. 
  • Anchorage has updated protection order protocols due to COVID-19. Comprehensive guidelines can be found on the court website.
For more information on legal issues and the court system, visit the ANDVSA COVID-19 page and view past briefings and ANDVSA Legal Program updates.

Visit ANDVSA’s COVID-19 Resource Page for more information and resources. 

Connect and Learn

Webinars and Trainings

ANDVSA Webinar: Landlord Tenant Law

 
Join Dan Coons of Alaska Legal Services Corporation's Fair Housing Project to learn more about Alaska Landlord Tenant Law. 
 
WHEN: April 14, 2020, 10:00am - 11:30am

National LGBTQ Institute on IPV: Spring Webinars

National LGBTQ Institute on Intimate Partner Violence is hosting a series of webinars in April and May. This webinar series aims to support the field to increase LGBTQ access and inclusion in direct services, policy, research practices and more.
 
Visit the NW Network website to see upcoming webinars and register.
 

Office Hours and Calls

COVID-19 Program Responses Call
DVSA service providers are invited to participate in this call to discuss our response to the coronavirus outbreak.
 
WHEN: Thursdays, 10am – 11am. Next call is scheduled for April 16. 
JOIN: For more information, contact Lauree at lmorton@andvsa.org or 907-947-0014.
 
Legal Program Office Hours
 Attend ANDVSA’s Legal Team Office Hours to ask your legal and advocacy related question, participate in discussions and learn from other advocates.
 
WHEN: Fridays, 1pm – 2pm. Next call is scheduled for April 17.
JOIN: For more information, contact Mindy at mlowrance@andvsa.org or 907-747-7545. 
 
Prevention in the time of COVID-19
Alaskan Preventionists are invited to join this call to connect, learn from, and support each other as we adapt our work to our current community context. Bring your ideas, questions and resources. ANDVSA will be sharing some from the national prevention conversation.
 
WHEN: Wednesdays, 3pm - 4pm. Next call is scheduled for April 15.
JOIN: For more information, contact Rae at rromberg@andvsa.org.

Reach out with questions

Domestic Violence Response
including community resources and response planning for survivors with multiple needs; housing, medical care, addiction and treatment, mental health and wellness
Christina Love, clove@andvsa.org or 907-419-5110
 
Sexual Assault Response
including crisis calls, SART participation, anonymous reporting & stalking
Lauree Morton, lmorton@andvsa.org or 907-957-0014
 
Legal Issues & Confidentiality
including family law matters, court processes, subpoenas & legal representation
Christine Pate, cpate@andvsa.org or 907-738-2880
Katy Soden, ksoden@andvsa.org or 907-297-2791
 
Prevention
Rae Romberg, rromberg@andvsa.org or 907-299-4814
 
Program & Organizational Administration
including funder compliance, financial questions & organizational policies
Carmen Lowry, clowry@andvsa.org or 907-957-2542
 
Policy
including economic justice, accessibility, housing, remote work or service delivery
Rebekah Moras, rmoras@andvsa.org or 907-444-9591
 
Communications
including technology, social media & messaging
Maria Swoboda, mswoboda@andvsa.org or 907-957-4335
 
Or call the Juneau office at 907-586-3650 to be directed. 

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