Important Updates
Week of May 4, 2020
Thursday, May 7, 10am - 11am
Dr. Michelle Rothoff and Kim Spink, RN, will present recommendations for preventing and addressing COVID-19 in domestic & sexual violence programs. This is an opportunity to learn more about shelter-based strategies to keep residents and staff safe. There will also be time for programs to ask specific questions about their response.
For more information, contact Lauree at or 907-947-0014.
CDVSA released a grantee update on April 30 with information about applying for emergency funds, how to access masks, and obtaining computers, tablets and other support for children doing remote school work. Read the full update here
Wednesday, May 6, 9:00am – 12:00pm
The Volunteer Advocacy training will occur Wednesday, May 6 from 9am - 12pm. Please take advantage of this opportunity to have folks interested in helping your organizations during this time to receive basic training for handling crisis calls, working with people seeking services. Christina and Lauree will be following up with weekly calls for attendees to ask questions/learn more/share more with each other.  
Please share this registration link with new volunteers who want to attend:
Contact Lauree Morton at or 957-0014 for more information.
May 5th is recognized as the day of awareness for MMIWG. The National Indigenous Women's Resource Center, Alaska Native Women's Resource Center and National Resource Center on Domestic Violence have created a Social Media Campaign Guide, complete with template social media posts and graphics that organizations can use to participate in the day of awareness.

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

Connect and Learn

Webinars and Trainings

SAMHSA: Recovery from Substance Use Disorders and Homelessness

Experiencing both substance use disorders and homelessness comes with a unique set of challenges. Concerns regarding housing stability, access to services and care, criminal justice system involvement, and recovery supports can be daily realities for many individuals. People who experience homelessness and substance use disorders face particular barriers but also possess strengths and resiliencies that support recovery and stability.
In this webinar, individuals who have experienced both homelessness and substance use disorders will share the services and supports that helped them the most during this time and what really made a difference in their recovery and journey out of homelessness. The speakers will also draw on their experience helping others toward recovery and housing. 
WHEN: May 14, 9:00am - 10:15am AKDT

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. During this week's call, Dr. Michelle Rothoff and RN Kim Spink will present recommendations for preventing and addressing COVID-19 in shared housing.
WHEN: Thursdays, 10am – 11am. Next call is scheduled for May 7.
For more information, contact Lauree at or 907-947-0014.
Prevention in the time of
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 May 6.
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 May 8.
For more information, contact Mindy at or 907-747-7545. 

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, or 907-419-5110
Sexual Assault Response
including crisis calls, SART participation, anonymous reporting & stalking
Lauree Morton, or 907-957-0014
Legal Issues & Confidentiality
including family law matters, court processes, subpoenas & legal representation
Christine Pate, or 907-738-2880
Katy Soden, or 907-297-2791
Rae Romberg, or 907-299-4814
Program & Organizational Administration
including funder compliance, financial questions & organizational policies
Carmen Lowry, or 907-957-2542
including economic justice, accessibility, housing, remote work or service delivery
Rebekah Moras, or 907-444-9591
including technology, social media & messaging
Maria Swoboda, or 907-957-4335
Or call the Juneau office at 907-586-3650 to be directed.



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