SPECIAL COVID-19 NOTICE: As more guidance is shared about best practices in response to Coronavirus/COVID-19, we have decided to practice community care and reduce opportunities for exposure. The Action Alliance will work to decide the safest way to provide trainings based on current transmission rates. Some trainings may be in person and some may be virtual. Please click on the training for more information to see if it will be held in person or virtual. In person trainings will have COVID safety protocols based on community transmission rates. Safety and wellness are our top priority.


The Action Alliance delivers trainings for professionals who respond to or seek to prevent sexual and intimate partner violence.

Our trainings are designed to build empathy and create intention to shape a world in which people, relationships, and communities are liberated, healthy, equitable, and just. Our trainings are interactive and collaborative, and we often use these spaces for skill building and sharing because we know that our training participants hold knowledge and expertise in this field and movement that we can all learn from. Trainings at the Action Alliance are created to inspire learning, growth, and imagination for anyone who wants to be a brave agent of change.

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We strive to make all our trainings accessible. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or needs you have in order to attend one of our trainings!

Parking: We have two accessible parking spots available in our connected parking lot for those who need them. If you do not need an accessible space, we ask training participants to park across the street (with the Action Alliance covering parking costs) for training scheduled during normal office hours.

The Training Space: There are no steps required to enter our building and all major door frames meet the ADA measurement standards, though the front door can be heavy and none of our doors are automated. The training room is equipped with rolling tables and chairs to arrange the space as needed for the diverse range of activities that occur in the space. Participants can adjust the height of our chairs, but the tables are not adjustable in this way. The space receives lots of natural light; there is also overhead fluorescent lighting. Our offices are not currently scent-free. When walking around our offices, visitors may notice artwork from the “Art of Surviving” collection that depicts experiences of healing from sexual violence.

Bathrooms: We have two multi-stall gender-neutral bathrooms located at the back of our building. One of the bathrooms has two stalls (one accessible) and a urinal and the other has three stalls.

Language: At this time, our programs and trainings are in spoken and written English. Portable interpreting equipment is available for groups that are using the training space that would like to provide spoken language interpretation. Please let us know of any language accessibility needs that you have prior to your training.

Food: When the Action Alliance provides food for training, we strive to meet all dietary needs. Please let us know of any restrictions you may have so we can make the necessary arrangements. Please also let us know about any food-based allergies you may have so we can inform our staff and other participants to refrain from bringing snacks that may cause an allergic reaction.

Animals: The Action Alliance office is pet friendly and we often have dogs and occasionally cats in the space. If, for any reason, you cannot or do not feel comfortable being around animals, please let us know and we can make arrangements for pets to be left at home and the space vacuumed.

Questions: If you have any questions or concerns about the accessibility of our space, please do not hesitate to reach out to our Events Coordinator at training@vsdvalliance.org.

View our training calendar here.

Current Trainings

This training is open to advocates, reproductive health providers, and clinic staff. Through this training, participants will become familiar with the dynamics of sexual and reproductive coercion and learn the value of taking a trauma-informed, universal education approach to interactions with clients and patients. Participants will increase their comfort and general understanding of reproductive health services available to survivors of sexual and intimate partner violence and walk away with an understanding of the importance of building partnerships between sexual and domestic violence agencies and reproductive health providers. 

This is an in person training at the Action Alliance Office. The training is five hours with a one hour break. Please only register if you can stay for the whole day.

WHERE: 1118 W. Main Street, Richmond, VA 23220

DATE: September 21, 10:00am – 3:00 pm

COST: $20 (no member discounts

Register: https://bit.ly/Reprohealth921

For more information or for further questions, please reach out to training@vsdvalliance.org

DO YOU: Building Youth Resilience Through Creative Expression is a primary prevention strategy to address teen dating violence, sexual harassment, and bullying by promoting positive youth development and healthy relationships. This training is designed for adult facilitators and teen mentors (who are peer facilitators) interested in implementing DO YOU in their communities.

This is an in-person training held at the Action Alliance office/ training space from 10A to 4P on both days. There will be an hour lunch each day as well provided by the Action Alliance. Participation in the training will cost $350 (with a reduced fee for members) and includes 21 DO YOU zines, a printed UnCurriculum Facilitation Guide, a package of DO YOU Homework Folders, and access to additional resources and technical assistance.

WHERE: Action Alliance Office, 1118 W. Main Street, Richmond

DATE: Sept 27 and Sept 28, 2022, 10:00 – 4:00 each day

COST: $350 (may use agency discount if member)

Register: https://bit.ly/DOYOUSept22

For more information or for further questions, please reach out to training@vsdvalliance.org

Join us on Thursday, October 6th from 10 am-12 pm for the fourth of our regional 2022 State and Local Partners meetings!

This invitation is open to advocates, preventionists, and other partners serving survivors and/or supporting community education on healthy relationships in Southwest Virginia. We will continue to hold virtual gatherings until we can be together safely again. Distance will not stop us from holding space to share resources, information, advice, concerns, and/or successes!

Our time together will include:

-Welcome & introductions
-Discussion on regional issues, service trends, and resources
-Agency updates
-Closing

For more information, please email us at training@vsdvalliance.org.

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¡Reúnase con nosotres el jueves 6 de octubre de 10 a.m. a 12 p.m. para la cuarta de nuestras reuniones de socios estatales y locales del 2022!

Esta invitación está abierta a defensores, prevencionistas y otres socies que sirven a sobrevivientes y / o apoyan la educación comunitaria sobre relaciones saludables en la parte sudoeste de Virginia. Continuaremos ofreciendo estas reuniones virtualmente hasta que podamos estar juntes de nuevo en persona. ¡La distancia no nos impedirá mantener un espacio para compartir recursos, información, consejos, inquietudes y / o éxitos!

Nuestro tiempo juntes incluirá:

-Bienvenida e introducciones
-Discusión sobre temas regionales, tendencias de servicio y recursos
-Actualizaciones de las agencias
-Cierre

Para obtener más información, envíenos un correo electrónico a training@vsdvalliance.org.

WHERE: Zoom

DATE: October 6, 10:00 – 12:00 p.m.

COST: Free

Register: bit.ly/SLPOct6 

For more information or for further questions, please reach out to training@vsdvalliance.org

Project ECHO uses Zoom, the teleconferencing software, to connect professionals from multiple locations to present challenging cases to each other, gather feedback and recommendations, and to discuss new developments and best practices. The structure of each ECHO Clinic is an integral component of the ECHO model.

In this ECHO program, staff at colleges, universities, and community colleges are invited to present challenging cases to each other, gather feedback and recommendations, and discuss new developments and best practices for primary prevention and peer educator programs. Come prepared to ask questions, make recommendations, and connect with other campus professionals and students across Virginia.

Please register for this meeting via ZOOM. You will get a notification when your registration has been approved.

This isn’t another passive webinar! We use Zoom so that you can see each other and communicate in real-time. Come prepared to ask questions, make recommendations, and connect with other campus professionals and students across Virginia.

For information about our data usage and collection, please visit: http://bit.ly/iECHOdata.

WHERE: ZOOM

DATE: October 13, 10:30 – 12:00

COST: Free

Register: https://bit.ly/ECHOCampusViolencePrevention

For more information or for further questions, please reach out to training@vsdvalliance.org

Since its inception in 1996, VAdata has been an invaluable tool for Virginia advocates tracking services to survivors and information about their experiences of violence. This training is for staff who are new VAdata users or people who need a refresher on certain features of the system. Join us for a virtual walk-through of the system, where we will review the core forms and functions and VAdata, explore how to generate reports, and learn how to get the most of your user experience. Please note that this session will be recorded.

WHERE: ZOOM

DATE: October 18, 10:30 – 12:00

COST: Free

Register: https://bit.ly/Vadatabasictraining

For more information or for further questions, please reach out to training@vsdvalliance.org

Project ECHO uses Zoom, the teleconferencing software, to connect professionals from multiple locations to present challenging cases to each other, gather feedback and recommendations, and to discuss new developments and best practices. The structure of each ECHO Clinic is an integral component of the ECHO model.
ECHO is an international evidence-based model for training and peer-to-peer learning originally developed at the University of New Mexico. In this ECHO program, prevention staff at local sexual and domestic violence agencies present challenging cases to each other, gather feedback and recommendations, and discuss new developments and best practices for primary prevention.
This isn’t another passive webinar! We use Zoom so that you can see each other and communicate in real-time. Come prepared to ask questions, make recommendations, and connect with other sexual and domestic violence agency staff across Virginia.
Please register using the ZOOM link. You will receive a notification once your registration has been approved.

WHERE: ZOOM

DATE: October 19, 10:30 – 12:00

COST: Free

Register: https://bit.ly/ViolencepreventionECHO

For more information or for further questions, please reach out to training@vsdvalliance.org

Sexual and domestic violence agencies across the state are using VAdata to track services and support grant reports. This training provides existing VAdata users with information about the different reports available in the system and offers hands-on experience entering data. After this training, participants will understand when and how to use reports for writing grants and how data entry impacts quarterly reports
and statewide statistics. Please note that this session will be recorded.

WHERE: ZOOM

DATE: October 18, 12:00 – 1:30

COST: Free

Register: https://bit.ly/Vadataadvanced

For more information or for further questions, please reach out to training@vsdvalliance.org

In this work to end sexual and domestic violence, we have an opportunity to plant the seeds of a just world every time we bring people together. “Together for a Just World: Planting the Seeds for Thriving Communities” is a three-day, in person, training event that offer you and your attending partner an opportunity to build skills for weaving values-based social justice into your daily prevention, advocacy, and community change work. You will have opportunities to practice, reflect, play, and strategize. Upon returning to your respective communities, you both can apply these skills and further hone your ability and capacity to weave your values into a variety of spaces – from support groups and staff meetings, to community response teams and prevention education.

This experience is designed for sexual and domestic violence advocates and preventionists who have completed basic-level training and have been engaged in movement work for at least 2-3 years. There is no fee to attend. Light snacks and lunch will be provided each day. Participants are responsible for their own travel, dinner, and lodging arrangements and expenses. The Together for a Just World training is being offered 4 times over the next 9 months with sessions in Northern Virginia, Richmond, and Christiansburg. Please apply for the training date that will be held nearest to you. Applicants must apply with a partner and submit a joint application. Each training will be capped at 20 participants (10 pairs).

Please note that COVID protocols may vary by training based on community transmission level.  

If your work includes educating people in your community, training new advocates and organizers, facilitating groups, creating social media, policy advocacy for equity and justice, or experimenting with new ways of promoting strong, healthy and thriving systems, we encourage you and a partner to apply.  

WHERE: Hidden Oaks Nature Center, Annandale

DATE: November 2, 12:00pm – 5:00, November 3, 9:00 – 5:00, November 4, 9:00 – 3:00

COST: free to attend

Fill out the application at: Together for a Just World Training Application

For more information or for further questions, please reach out to training@vsdvalliance.org

Our next trainings will be as follows:

DATES & LOCATIONS: 

  • March 22-24, 2023 @Action Alliance Office, Richmond, VA 23220
  • April 19-21, 2023 @ Hillsdale Conference Center in Charlottesville, VA 
  • May 22-24, 2023 in Christiansburg, VA (location TBD) 
In our commitment to public safety and accessibility, the Action Alliance plans to continue providing virtual training opportunities to our membership and beyond in the coming months. After the success of our Summer 2020 Online Trainings, we wanted to continue providing virtual, self-paced training modules on topics related to sexual and domestic violence, addressing root causes of violence, best practices, policy, and more.
Thus, the Building Your Toolbox: Virtual Training Series was born! This series consists of individual lessons created by Action Alliance Training Institute Faculty on a variety of topics and is FREE OF CHARGE. Lessons will be continually added to the course for folks to continue adding and implementing new tools in their work. Registering for this course will give you access to all the current and future virtual, self-guided modules as they are released.

When: The toolbox was released in March of 2021 with four virtual modules. The course will be continually updated with new modules over the course of several months.

Where: Virtual via Ruzuku.

Cost: This toolbox is free!

How to Register: Register Today!

Primary prevention programs are focused on reducing or eliminating the perpetration of sexual violence and intimate partner violence (SV/IPV). This means figuring out what factors make some people more at-risk to perpetrate SV/IPV, and changing or interrupting those factors. This training delves into the key concepts underlying this innovative work, highlights promising practices from the field, and includes an overview of Virginia’s Guidelines for the Primary Prevention of Sexual Violence & Intimate Partner Violence used by sexual and domestic violence agencies throughout Virginia and across the country.

Read the FAQs to learn more about the Virtual Training Series.

When: Self-paced (materials distributed on the 1st and 16th of the month)

Where: Virtual via Ruzuku, Zoom, and printed materials.

Cost: $50 for a single registration for one training. $120 for a single registration for three virtual trainings (Virtual Principles of Primary Prevention, Virtual Advocacy Core Training, and Virtual Trauma, Justice, and Ending Oppression). $400 for 10-staff training bundle for one training. (Read the FAQs to learn more about the Virtual Fall 2020 Training Series.)  Note: Professional, Affiliate, and Lifetime Members receive a 25% discount on all registration prices; SDVA Members receive a 35% discount on all registration prices.

How to Register: Register Today!

The Advocacy Core Training introduces new staff and volunteers to the essential knowledge and skills of trauma-informed advocacy. Through this course, participants are encouraged to explore their identities as advocates as well as the institutional, social, and cultural context in which sexual and intimate partner violence occurs. This training prepares new advocates to apply crisis intervention and safety planning skills, describe the impact of trauma on the brain, and practice self-care as an integral part of a trauma-informed approach.

Read the FAQs to learn more about the Virtual Training Series.

When: Self-paced (materials distributed on the 1st and 16th of the month)

Where: Virtual via Ruzuku, Zoom, and printed materials.

Cost: $50 for a single registration for one training. $120 for a single registration for three virtual trainings (Virtual Principles of Primary Prevention, Virtual Advocacy Core Training, and Virtual Trauma, Justice, and Ending Oppression). $400 for 10-staff training bundle for one training. (Read the FAQs to learn more about the Virtual Fall 2020 Training Series.) Note: Professional, Affiliate, and Lifetime Members receive a 25% discount on all registration prices; SDVA Members receive a 35% discount on all registration prices.

How to Register: Register Today!

This training will focus on and build knowledge and skills on reproductive, gender, racial, and economic justice through the four levels of the social-ecological model.

Read the FAQs to learn more about the Virtual Training Series.

When: Self-paced (materials distributed on the 1st and 16th of the month)

Where: Virtual via Ruzuku, Zoom, and printed materials.

Cost: $50 for a single registration for one training. $120 for a single registration for three virtual trainings (Virtual Principles of Primary Prevention, Virtual Advocacy Core Training, and Virtual Trauma, Justice, and Ending Oppression). $400 for 10-staff training bundle for one training. (Read the FAQs to learn more about the Virtual Fall 2020 Training Series.) Note: Professional, Affiliate, and Lifetime Members receive a 25% discount on all registration prices; SDVA Members receive a 35% discount on all registration prices.

How to Register: Register Today!

Protective Orders have been a lifesaving tool for survivors of intimate partner and sexual violence for many years in VA. However, a thorough understanding of whether or not a protective order is a useful tool for a particular survivor and the community structure for effective issuance and enforcement are what makes protective orders valuable tools in ensuring safety and accountability.

This four-part series on Protective Orders in Virginia reviewed and discussed the history of protective orders, what types are available and how survivors access them, what do advocates need to know to assist survivors in effective use of them, and finally, new firearms restrictions related to protective orders and how to build a community structure to ensure the most effective enforcement of them.

  • Session 1: History and Overview of Protective Orders
  • Session 2: Nuts and Bolts of PO’s
  • Session 3: Real-World Application of PO’s
  • Session 4: Protective Orders and Firearms

When: Self-paced (originally presented in September 2020)

Where: Virtual; pre-recorded presentations and resources

Cost: Free

How to Access: Access the Protective Order Webinar Series here

The Action Alliance’s Summer 2020 Online Training Series consists of 7 individual lessons created by Action Alliance Training Institute Faculty on topics of their choice. These lessons (free of charge) were released weekly from the end of July through mid-September 2020. Registering for the course will give you access to all 7 trainings; there’s no need to register for each one.  Register today!

The training topics are:

  • What You Need to Know About DeVos’ New Title IX Rules (1-hour)

This is a 1-hour Prezi presentation from Liz Cascone, Director of The Haven at William & Mary and Action Alliance Training institute Faculty. It covers the core tenants of campus advocacy; describes how community-based and campus advocacy programs work together; reviews a brief history of Title IX in relation to sexual misconduct; discusses the 2020 new rules released by Betsy DeVos; and highlights best practices in light of the new regulations.

  • The Impact of Trauma Exposure and Self-care Strategies (3+ hours)

In this virtual and interactive learning experience, participants will learn the signs and symptoms of trauma exposure and identify the ways we are impacted as helping professionals. Participants will explore, reflect on, and practice strategies for self-care and ways to create a culture of wellness in their life and agency.

  • Knowing Our History: ​Blackness and the Anti-Violence Movement​ (2 hours)

This self-guided training opportunity centers the history of anti-violence efforts in the Black community, from slavery to the present. Through engagement with an interactive timeline, you will examine the varied ways in which Black Americans have both experienced and fought against oppression over the course of American history. Lastly, implications for your daily work and life will be discussed.

  • Elemental Grounding (2+ hours)

This self-guided learning experience encourages us to connect with nature as a way to stay grounded, then guides us in using ecotherapy practices as part of our healing work. Through a video presentation, a nature-based activity, and journal prompts, participants will learn about how the human nervous system works, how nature helps us regulate, practice connecting with the elements, and prepare to apply these practices with our clients and communities.

  • Representation and Conversation: Toolkit for Thoughtful Inclusion of Black & Brown Relationships in Training (3-4.5 hours)

In the midst of a global health pandemic and uprisings in the United States against racial injustice, it has magnified the necessity of anti-violence practitioners utilizing a racial justice lens.

Research shows that intimate partner and sexual violence disproportionately impact Black communities, yet police systems and resources cater to White, cisgender, middle class women. The latter results in Black and Brown individuals and those who identify as trans, lesbian, gay, queer, and/or nonbinary are excluded from having spaces and opportunities to explore healthy relationships and sexuality that reflects their identities.

This interactive toolkit was designed to prioritize and uplift the multiple facets that make up Black & Brown relationships while addressing attitudes, behaviors, and systems that influence, protect, and/or harm those relationships. The toolkit utilizes popular culture to depict different types of intimate partner relationships and addresses topics of consent, boundary setting, communication, street harassment, and sexuality.

  • Trauma-Informed Supervision (2 hours)

Using a trauma informed lens to build a healthy relationship between supervisor and supervisee aids in maintaining the longevity of our commitment to end the experiences of domestic violence. When we adopt a trauma-informed lens we are conspiring to be agents of a counter cultural narrative. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) 6 principles for trauma informed care offers a framework to mindfully practice as supervisors and movement leaders. This 2-hour learning series guides you through reflection, practice, and skill building to confidently and carefully integrate the principles of: safety; empowerment, voice, and choice; cultural historical and gender issues; collaboration and mutuality; peer support; and trustworthiness and transparency, into your everyday supervisory role.

  • Community Action Planning During COVID-19 (1-hour)

This series of videos includes reflection questions on trending domestic violence crisis services, cultivating donors, inspiring stakeholders, building community support, and creating and implementing community action plans during COVID-19.

When: Self-paced

Where: Virtual via Ruzuku training modules (online videos and pre-recorded presentations)

Cost: Free

How to RegisterRegister for the Summer 2020 Online Training Series!

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