SPECIAL COVID-19 NOTICE: 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: There is parking located behind our building with two handicap spots. For all in person trainings, you will be given a parking pass for the lot so parking is free.

The Training Space: There are two steps required to enter our building through the front. Please let us know if you cannot do steps as we will have you go through the back door. All major door frames meet the ADA measurement standards  but 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: Our bathrooms are single person, accessible bathrooms.

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

It’s time for Legislative Advocacy Day! Join us for this webinar to learn all about the bills, our priorities, and most importantly- what action you can take to help us keep Virginia safe and equitable for all.

Please head to our registration page for more information on registration and how to contact your legislators! Head here for all of our LAD Information!

Legislative Advocacy Day Webinar

WHERE: Zoom/Virtual

DATE: January 31, 2023, 2:00 – 3:30 PM

COST: Free

Join here: LAD 101 Webinar

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

We’re excited to have sexual and domestic violence advocates from across Virginia join us in Richmond for our annual Legislative Advocacy Day on Thursday, February 2, 20223! And this year is a big one…..with the fall of Roe v. Wade and ongoing political attacks on LGBTQ youth, it’s important that we take a stand and defend the right of all Virginians to determine their reproductive futures and to be treated with dignity and respect.   

Policy leaders want to hear from you  about these hot topics that impact survivors, families, young people, and sexual and domestic violence advocates across the state:  

  • Fund the phones – help us sustain Virginia’s Statewide Hotline!  
  • Ensure the safe and lawful transfer of firearms for those subject to protective orders and those convicted of domestic violence! 
  • Close the dangerous loophole in Virginia’s strangulation statute! 
  • Repeal Virginia’s discriminatory Constitutional ban on LGBTQ marriage!  
  • Expand economic supports for women and families  
  • Prioritize victim/child safety over “shared parenting time”  
  • Defend Trans and LGBTQ youth in Virginia  
  • Protect Reproductive Freedom and abortion access for all survivors!  

Please head to our registration page for more information on registration and how to contact your legislators!

WHERE: Richmond, VA or Virtually

DATE: February 2, 2023, 8:00 am – 2:30 pm

COST: Free

Register: https://bit.ly/VAllianceLAD2023

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

Join the Justice Projects Team for open hours to discuss and learn about topics ranging from confidentiality to firearms laws to reproductive freedom for survivors and everything in between. This will be a semi-structured learning space combining traditional training with open conversation, peer learning, and program sharing. Bring your expertise and your curiosity!

WHERE: ZOOM

DATE: The first Friday of every month from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

COST: Free

Register: https://bit.ly/OntheDocketwithJPT

When you register, you will be registered for every session. You do not need to join every session. Please join when you are able.

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

Do you feel like you are on a prevention island at your campus? Join us for ECHO@EDU: Campus Violence Prevention.

Build your prevention network, connect over challenging cases, and stay on top of the best practices in sexual and intimate partner violence primary prevention, all from the comfort of your office.
RSVP for the upcoming TeleECHO Clinics here: https://bit.ly/ECHOeducase
(You will receive meeting information after you RSVP.) 

WHERE: ZOOM

DATE: February 9, 2023

COST: Free

Register: https://bit.ly/ECHOedu.

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

Are you a leader or staff member that has responsibilities for financial management and/or grant writing? Join Action Alliances’ Executive Director, Kristi Van Audenhove, and Associate Director, Angela Blount, as they take you through this financial series where you can take back practical applications to put in place at your agency and advice to use on your grant writing. Please register for as many sessions you want.

Virtual Sessions Cost: $20 for Action Alliance Members, $40 for non members

In Person Sessions Cost: $35 for Action Alliance Members, $60 for non members

Tips for Tracking Grant Expenses, February 13, 10:00 – 11:30, Virtual

We’ll explore key elements of tracking expenses to help you stretch your agency budget and ensure that you have all of the documentation you need as you prepare regular invoices, financial statements, and grant reports.

Promoting your Mission and Vision as you Develop an Annual Agency Budget, May 8, 10:00 – 3:00, Action Alliance Office, 1413 W. Main Street, RVA

The annual budget is a process that is an exciting opportunity to put your agency mission, vision, and values to work as you shape the income, spending, and savings path for the upcoming year.

The Joy of the Annual Audit, August 14, 10:00 – 11:30, Virtual

Preparing for an audit can be tedious and anxiety provoking. Let’s talk about how we can balance that out by making audits work for us through building helpful relationships with our auditors, cultivating curiosity throughout the process, and noticing the moments worthy of celebration.

Trauma Informed Grant Writing, November 13, 10:00 – 3:00, Action Alliance Office, 1413 W. Main Street, RVA

How do you make the grant writing process safe, transparent, collaborative, and grounded in historical and cultural context? We’ll talk about a variety of strategies that will serve your agency well as you engage in preparing grant applications–and offer tips for making those applications successful.

Please register for these sessions at: https://bit.ly/ActionAllianceFinanceTrainings23

If you are new to the Action Alliance or just want a refresher of all of your membership benefits and insight into the Action Alliance, please join us! Here at the Action Alliance, we are here to help you so join us to find out how we can help you and your organization.

WHERE: ZOOM

DATE: February 15, 2023

COST: Free

Register: https://bit.ly/welcometoactionalliance

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

Join us to hear from others regarding all things outreach, community engagement, and get ideas from other agencies to take back and put in practice at your agency.
For our March meeting, we will be talking with each other and sharing ideas around outreach and engagement for Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

WHERE: ZOOM

DATE: March 2

COST: Free

Register: https://bit.ly/ActionAllianceOutreachOtters

When you register for one Outreach Otter session, you will be registered for all of them. You do not have to attend all of the sessions.

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 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. This training will be recorded and live captions in English will be provided. Please contact training@vsdvalliance.org with questions about accessibility and accommodation.

WHERE: ZOOM

WHEN: March 2, 2:00 – 3:30

COST: Free

REGISTER: https://bit.ly/Vadatabasictraining

 

Between the pandemic, climate catastrophes, tensions about human rights, and high costs for basic needs, survivors’ service needs feel more complex than ever. Join the Action Alliance and Tori Wynecoop, Training and Technical Assistance Manager at the National Center on Domestic Violence Trauma and Mental Health (NCDVTMH), for three virtual trainings about collaborative and flexible approaches to address complex service needs. In this 3-part training for shelter staff and other front line advocates, participants will examine their expectations around crisis intervention; explore how to promote shared responsibility in shelter; and use the ‘stages of change’ model to support survivors’ goals.

It would be beneficial to attend all three trainings.

Dates & times
March 16th, 2023, 3:00 to 4:30 PM EST: Navigating Conflict and Change, Register here for March 16: http://bit.ly/flexfound3

WHERE: ZOOM

COST: Free

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

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 a 5 hour training with a one hour lunch  break. Please only register if you can stay for the entire training.*

Where: Action Alliance Training Center, 1413 W, Main Street, Richmond, 23220

Time: 10:00 – 3:00

Register: https://bit.ly/ActionAllianceCCW

Over the past 2 years, we have all navigated significant and sometimes overwhelming crises. As advocates, that has meant responding to the needs of survivors in addition to caring for ourselves, our families, and others who are dear to us. What we’ve come to know as normal has changed. Whether the past 2 or so years has brought us sorrow, fear, joy, new opportunities, grief, overwhelm, new beginnings, or a combination of all of the above…it has brought change to all of us.

When life puts us through challenges, nature can help us make sense of what is happening and guide us through. Nature tells stories of trauma, healing, and regeneration. Learning from nature and using story can help us remember, process, and integrate our experiences.

We have two options for ReStoryation. The first is where you can sign up to connect to others for a day and a half experience to connect and share your story.

These dates are as follows:

For Directors, February 8, Richmond, VA

People of Color Caucus, March 14 and 15, Charlottesville, VA

For more information and to register of one of these sessions, please head here: ReStoryation Registration 

Are you a Director and work at an agency and want our team to bring ReStoryation to your agency?  We will come to you for a one day experience!

Beyond the healing aspects of telling our stories and bearing witness to each others’ stories, ReStoryation is also a national needs assessment to hear from the field across 25 states and territories in the U.S 

 To make this as easy as possible for you and your staff, here’s what we offer:  

  • We will come to you and bring the facilitators and training materials at no cost.  
  • We will provide afternoon snacks. 
  • We will reimburse you up to $30 per person for food. 
  • The gathering will run 9:30am-3pm with a break for lunch. 
  • We would like to schedule a time to visit you between January and May. 

We hope that you’ll contact us today to schedule your ReStoryation event. Your experiences and observations will inform the training, technical assistance, and resources offered by the Action Alliance to support advocacy workforce resilience and capacity well into the future!  

We are so excited to hear your stories and to see what they inspire for our work together. 

For more information, please go to our ReStoryation page.

Please let us know if you have any questions. To schedule your agency ReStoryation, please reach out to Shabana Shaheen at sshaheen@vsdvalliance.org

Are you a leader that went through the UPLC cohorts. This is a space where you can go deeper with the lessons from UPLC, share what has worked and what has not, come up with solutions to challenges, and just be in community trying to navigate these interesting times. Please see the below dates. For the Zoom meetings, you do not need to register. Please mark the dates on your calendar and then click on the links to join. For the in person dates, please register. 

Virtual Sessions: 

Sustainability Presentation: February 21 @1-230pm

What Does Bold Leadership Look Like: March 22 @1-2:30pm

Hiring, Salary, and Work Environment: April 13 @1-2:30pm

Leadership-Building the World We Want to See: May 2 @1-2:30pm

In Person Regional Refresher and Networking Sessions, 10:00 – 3:30:

Richmond- April 19

Staunton/Harrisonburg (exact location TBD)- May 16

Southwest- May 23

Please register for the in person sessions: https://bit.ly/BoldLeadership23

 

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: April 19, 2023, 10:30 am  -12:00 pm

COST: Free

Register: https://bit.ly/VPECHO23

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

This invitation is open to advocates, preventionists, and other partners serving survivors and/or supporting community education on healthy relationships.

Our time together will include:
-Welcome & introductions
-Discussion on statewide issues, service trends, and resources
-Agency updates
-Closing

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Esta invitación está abierta a defensores, prevencionistas y otres socies que sirven a sobrevivientes y / o apoyan la educación comunitaria sobre relaciones saludables en el norte 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 estatales, tendencias de servicio y recursos
-Actualizaciones de las agencias
-Cierre

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

This training is for Action Alliance Members only.

WHERE: ZOOM

DATE: 

COST: Free

Register: 

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.

 

DATES & LOCATIONS: 

  • These trainings have been removed from the 2023 training calendar. If you are interested in attending this training, please email training@vsdvalliance.org.
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.

Where: Virtual via Ruzuku.

Cost: This toolbox is free!

How to Register: Register Today!

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.  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 Online Training Series!

Thank you for your interest in this course. We have currently taken Principles of Primary Prevention, Advocacy Core Training, and Trauma, Justice, and Ending Oppression offline while we work to revamp our online training modules.

If you have purchased any of these courses, you still have access to them through June 30.

Thank you for your understanding as we continue to bring you trainings that are valuable to you and your agency. Please feel free to register for any of our other free online trainings.

Thank you for your interest in this course. We have currently taken Principles of Primary Prevention, Advocacy Core Training, and Trauma, Justice, and Ending Oppression offline while we work to revamp our online training modules.

If you have purchased any of these courses, you still have access to them through June 30.

Thank you for your understanding as we continue to bring you trainings that are valuable to you and your agency. Please feel free to register for any of our other free, online trainings.

Thank you for your interest in this course. We have currently taken Principles of Primary Prevention, Advocacy Core Training, and Trauma, Justice, and Ending Oppression offline while we work to revamp our online training modules.

If you have purchased any of these courses, you still have access to them through June 30.

Thank you for your understanding as we continue to bring you trainings that are valuable to you and your agency. Please feel free to register for any of our other free, online trainings.

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

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