The Alaska Network on Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault is a non-profit, statewide membership organization committed to eliminating domestic violence, sexual assault, teen dating violence and stalking against all Alaskans. The Policy Program is an integral part of this effort by working in conjunction with other Network projects: training, prevention, and legal advocacy; our member programs; state agencies; state and federal policy makers; and other key partners to ensure that laws and policies are supportive of and enhance the safety of victims, survivors and their families.
Giving Survivors a Voice at the State Legislature
Improving the law is one important tool for addressing the needs of victims and survivors. ANDVSA provides a voice at the Alaska State Legislature responding to legislation and educating legislators on the intended and unintended consequences for victims and survivors of proposed legislation. We research and analyze possible legislation, examine practices and policies being used throughout Alaska and how these issues have been addressed in other states. In addition to legislation, agency regulations are continuously monitored and reviewed for their impact on our member programs and the people that they serve.
State Budget Priorities
ANDVSA works with our membership to ensure that Alaska has a strong network of services that provide critical resources to meet the needs of sexual assault and domestic violence survivors and their families. Along with Network member programs, we educate and inform the Alaska State Legislature and Governor’s Office about financial resources that are needed so that DVSA programs can adequately provide shelter, advocacy, and other crucial support services to the victims and survivors they serve.
ANDVSA also advocates for victim-centered public policy on the federal level. We actively engage with the Alaska congressional delegation to advocate for federal policies that provide legal protections and funding. For example, the success of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and Family Violence Prevention and Services Act depend on our continued advocacy. For more information on federal budget and policies, click here.
The ANDVSA Training Project provides training and technical assistance to advocacy programs and partner organizations.
- Training resources for both the public and ANDVSA member and affiliate programs
- Basic and advanced training for domestic violence and sexual assault advocates, both online and in-person
- Technical assistance and resource development for ANDVSA member and affiliate programs
- Specialized training on domestic violence, sexual assault, and multiple abuse issues for advocates, community agencies, and law enforcement
Specifically, ANDVSA offers:
- Calendar of both ANDVSA and national webinars and trainings
- On-line course on Understanding Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault for advocates and for the public
- In-person trainings for advocates and partner agencies
- Training webinars for our members, affiliates and partner agencies
- Resources including publications, webinar recordings, and helpful websites
To request training and/or technical assistance, please use the form below.
Our featured resource is Real Tools: Responding to Multi-Abuse Trauma- A Tool Kit to Help Advocates and Community Partners Better Serve People With Multiple Issues. To access this resource in English, click here, for the Spanish version; Materiales Efectivos, En Español; click here.
For questions about our Training Project, please contact Ariel Herman, at email@example.com or call ANDVSA at (907) 586-3650.
To request training and/or technical assistance, please submit the following information:
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.