Important Updates
Week of June 1, 2020
CARES ACT: COVID-19 FUNDS FOR DV COALITIONS
 
FVPSA is providing $80,000 to ANDVSA as a state domestic violence coalition to assist in the COVID-19 response. These funds will be for housing and shelter services, services for underserved populations, remote service delivery, equipment, and supplies. ANDVSA is disseminating a survey for feedback from Alaskan domestic violence/sexual assault programs about priority areas for this funding. The plan for these funds must be submitted by June 5, 2020, so programs will need to respond to the survey by June 3 to have their input considered for the final proposal.
TWILIO GRANT
 
Shared by NNEDV:
"Twilio, the cloud communications platform company is giving away a total of $2 million in grant funds to non-profits around the world so they can create or expand crisis hotlines to help respond to the pandemic. Each grant awards will be up to $150,000 per grant year and can be used for programmatic costs such as rent, equipment purchases, staff salaries, etc. All applicants must submit their NGO certification with their application. There is no requirement that you currently use Twilio products or sign up to do so in the future. In fact, they do not allow the grant funds to be used to purchase Twilio products (they have a separate program called Impact Access to assist organizations accessing their products).
ALASKA BAR ASSOCIATION UPDATE
 
On May 29, The Alaska Bar Association sent updates related to the changes to the Alaska Court System. Read the update and new guidelines here
MMIW TASK FORCE LISTENING SESSION
 
The Presidential Task Force on Missing and Murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives announced four listening sessions to be conducted by teleconference in May and June. The listening session for Alaska will occur June 3, 10:00am - 11:30am AKDT. Click here to learn more and register. 

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

Connect and Learn

Webinars and Trainings

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. 
 
The first webinar in the series will focus on secondary trauma and traumatic stress, the effect it has on professionals and the different factors that can compound the response to trauma. The series will then dedicate a webinar to each of the five categories of signs and symptoms of stress (Physical, Intellectual, Emotional, Behavioral, and World View), focusing further on specialized resiliency tools and coping strategies.

Part 1: Secondary Trauma & Traumatic Stress: Overview
WHEN: June 4, 11am - 12pm AKDT
 
Part 2: 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.
 

Victim Rights Law Center: Share and Learn Conversation Series

Join the Victim Rights Law Center for its new Share-and-Learn Conversation Series. Each week, a guest attorney will join a member of our TA team to discuss a topic related to current challenges faced by OVW-funded legal services providers and the survivors they serve. The first half of the call will feature an interview with the guest attorney and the remaining time will be opened up to questions and discussion with attendees. Upcoming topics include reopening offices as social distancing orders are relaxed, SNAP and C-EBT benefits available during Covid-19, bankruptcy options for sexual assault survivors, and more.
 
  • SNAP and Pandemic EBT During COVID-19: June 3, 10:30am AKDT
  • Bankruptcy and Sexual Assault Survivors: June 10, 10:30am AKDT
  • Returning to the Workplace - What Should We Be Considering?: June 17, 10:30am AKDT
 
Register here for the conversation series. Space is limited, so only register for calls you know you plan to attend. Please feel free to contact Mary at mdarcy@victimrights.org for more information.
 

NW Network June Webinars

NW Network is hosting two webinars in June:
 
Form and Function: Using Inclusive and Culturally Responsive Language when Gathering Data on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity 
Tuesday, June 9 – 11-12:30 pm AKDT. Register here.   
 
Assessing Patterns of Coercive Control in Abuse Relationships, Part 3.5: Questions and Answers 
Tuesday, June 16 – 11-12:30 pm AKDT. Register here
 

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 4. CDVSA staff will join for this call. 
 
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 June 5.
 
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 June 3.
 
For more information, contact Rae at rromberg@andvsa.org 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, 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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