ANDVSA provides legal support statewide to advocates who are guiding victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking through the civil and criminal justice system. We providing training, technical assistance and resources including:
- Provide technical assistance to domestic violence and sexual assault advocates on issues such as custody, safe visitation, divorce, child support, and protection orders;
- Publish and update the Alaska Women’s Legal Right’s Handbook, brochures on Full Faith and Credit, and Alaska and Federal gun laws;
- Publish and update a Legal Advocacy Training Curriculum, and an Essential Starter Kit and Resource binder for new advocates;
- Conduct outreach and site visits to domestic violence and sexual assault programs in rural parts of Alaska;
- Assist domestic violence and sexual assault programs develop model policies and protocols in dealing with issues such as protecting the confidentiality of victim communications, subpoenas, arrest warrants, and shelter records;
- Conduct regional and statewide trainings for legal advocates and Alaska attorneys;
- Provide webinar trainings for legal advocates throughout the year;
- Maintain a web site for legal advocates with helpful links to access resources.
ANDVSA’s Pro Bono Program provides case representation and information and referral to victims who need help with civil matters including (but not limited to) family law, housing law, and consumer issues. We work with trained legal advocates statewide who refer the cases to us. We utilize both staff attorneys and volunteer attorneys to handle our cases. To this end we:
- Develop a network of pro bono attorneys to assist victims of domestic violence and sexual assault;
- Provide training and mentoring to participating pro bono attorneys on family law and domestic violence issues;
- Continually update a forms bank and practice manual on family law issues and domestic violence.
- If you are a survivor of domestic violence, sexual assault, and/or stalking please click here to learn more about this program.
- The legal information and referral hotline is available for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault who want basic information about their legal rights and options and referral information from an attorney. Follow the link to see a full calendar and get more information.
What is Prevention?
Primary prevention, or stopping violence before it starts, is a simple enough concept on the surface, but to be able to successfully implement prevention strategies in your community, it is helpful to understand the concepts that drive prevention. ANDVSA has many resources and training materials focused on primary prevention.
Preventing Violence and Promoting Respect in Alaska
We learn respect from many places and people in our lives, therefore it takes many people working together to model, teach, and create communities that promote respect in relationships. By building communities of respect together we can stop violence before it ever starts. The full Pathways to Prevent Domestic Violence: A Plan for Alaska 2010 – 2016 can be viewed by clicking the photo on the left. By clicking on the photo on the right, you can access updates to this plan: Pathways, 2014.
On the prevention pages you will be able to find out more about the Pathways to Prevention Statewide Steering Committee, Statewide Campaigns, and what you can do to get involved. You will also find links to the prevention efforts of men, women, youth, professionals, domestic violence and sexual assault programs, parents, and other community members.
Learn more by clicking the links below:
- Community Prevention
- Pathways State-wide Prevention
- Youth Engagement
- Engaging Men
- School-Based Prevention
- Community Partners and Professionals
- Addressing Root Causes of Violence
- Additional Resources
We have video public services announcements as part of our Alaska Men Choose Respect, Stand Up Speak Up, and When I’m an Elder campaign that play on local television stations. Some of our campaigns can also be heard on the radio and there are also companion print materials. We also have a series of Lead On! documentaries about our annual youth leadership conference. Finally, we have training videos and recorded web conferences, which are meant to be shared with Alaskans who are working to end domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking.
To view our prevention public service announcements, click here.
To view recordings of our past webinar series “Considering Barriers to Health and Safety in Alaska Brown Bag Web-conference Series,” click here.
To view Lead On! documentaries from past years, click here.
Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention:
To learn more about our consent campaign, click here.
To learn more about the primary principles of prevention, you can access the Prevention 101 videos here.
Recordings of our monthly webinar series on topics like: technology safety, legal advocacy, prevention and policy, are available to our member and affiliate programs through Basecamp or by contacting our Training Project Coordinator, Ariel Herman at firstname.lastname@example.org