Important Updates
Week of June 15, 2020
*COVID-Briefing emails will be sent out once every two weeks starting in June
ANDVSA joins individuals and organizations in our state and across this country and demand more accountability for state-sanctioned violence, and a resolute end to injustices built on practices and policies that are supported through and by institutionalized racism.  We are strengthened in the belief that our collective actions create the world we envision. Read ANDVSA's full statement here
The Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh is working with a team of IPV advocates, researchers, and healthcare providers on a research project interviewing IPV advocates to learn more about the ways that COVID-19 is impacting IPV survivors and their children. The goal of this study is to rapidly share recommendations and innovative practices with IPV advocates and victim services agencies around the country. The interview will focus on safety, resources, needs of IPV survivors and their children, and how victim services agencies have responded to COVID-19. 
The interview is confidential, lasts 45-60 minutes, will take place over the phone, and is audio-recorded. Each participant will be given a $20 gift card to thank them for their time and expertise. If you are interested in participating, please email or call Maya Ragavan (; office number: 412-692-6545; cell phone: 650-644-9954).

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

Connect and Learn

Webinars and Trainings

Using the Language Interpreter Scheduling Platform

Learn about the new Alaska Institute for Justice (AIJ) Language Interpreter Center Interpreter Scheduling Platform and what services are available during the COVID-19 crisis. The AIJ Language Interpreter Center can provide over-the-phone and video remote language access services available 24/7. Although the Interpreter Center is not providing in-person interpretation services during the COVID-19 crisis, all other services are up and running. What does that mean for your program? You can access free, yes FREE interpreter and translation services to make your services accessible for limited English proficient survivors within the state. Come join us for this hour long webinar to find out more about available language access services and how to sign up for services thanks to a grant through ANDVSA in partnership with the Alaska Institute for Justice.
Presenters: Barb Jacobs, MEd, Language Interpreter Center Program Director, Mai La Vang, Language Interpreter Center Operational Supervisor, Camilla Hussein, Language Interpreter Center Program Manager, Kari Robinson, JD, AIJ Deputy Director.
WHEN: June 16, 10am - 11am AKDT

Webinar Training Series: Secondary Trauma and Traumatic Stress

This National Training & Technical Assistance Center webinar series will address secondary trauma and traumatic stress in order to help law enforcement, prosecutors, and other investigative personnel identify, reduce, and address the traumatic impact of their work in combating child sexual exploitation. Although the series will utilize examples related to child exploitation investigations, the content and tools provided will be relevant to a wider audience and particularly relevant to Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. 
Secondary Trauma & Traumatic Stress: Physical Signs & Symptoms and How to Mitigate
WHEN: June 18, 11am - 12pm AKDT

NNEDV Webinar: Online Communication for Advocates

This webinar is for advocates to learn more about the skills needed when using chat, video, or text messaging to communicate with survivors. It will cover:
  • Prioritizing core values of support, access, privacy, and safety
  • Starting a conversation with safety checks and more
  • Active listening in chat and text conversations
  • Privacy practices, including digital written consent basics
  • Next steps: recommendations for training, practice, and further learning
WHEN: Wednesday, June 25, 11am - 12pm AKDT
Know you can't make it? Fill out this form to request the recording and resources after the event.

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: Every other Thursday, 10am – 11am. Next call is scheduled for June 18. 
For more information, contact Lauree at or 907-947-0014.
Legal Program Office
 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 June 19.
For more information, contact Mindy at 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 June 17.
For more information, contact Rae at or 907-299-4814.

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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