Lime green solid background with festive pink, blue, and yellow pennant. In the foreground, a graphic of a computer with the words, "Act. Honor. Hope. 2020 Goes Virtual, December 4, 6-8pm" on the screen. To the left of the computer, a photo of people smiling at a checkout table in front of wreathes hanging on a wall. To the right of the computer, a large group of people standing behind a banner at a previous event.

Every December, the Action Alliance honors leaders and community members who have taken extraordinary action to bring about the necessary change to end sexual and domestic violence. Their leadership offers hope for a better tomorrow. 

Screenshot of Zoom video with side-by-side of Attorney General Mark Herring and Del. Charniele Herring holding the HOPE Award.
Attorney General Mark Herring presents HOPE Award to Del. Charniele Herring

In 2020, the Action Alliance honored Delegate Charniele Herring (D-Alexandria) with the HOPE Award. In addition to serving as House Majority Leader and Chair of the House Courts of Justice Committee at the Virginia General Assembly, Delegate Charniele Herring answered the call of sexual and domestic violence advocates and preventionists statewide to sponsor and successfully champion during the 2020 General Session HB 1015 — a bill to establish the first-ever state sexual and domestic violence prevention fund in Virginia. As a member of the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus, Delegate Herring has also been instrumental in the ongoing development of policy platforms and strategies to support the advancement of racial justice, housing justice, criminal justice reform, and recognizing and advancing the needs of Black and Brown survivors of state and interpersonal violence in Virginia.

Zoom video screenshot with three videos displayed side-by-side.  Eric Garrison holds up his Lifetime Member pin while Kristi VanAudenhove and Becky Weybright look on.
Kristi VanAudenhove recognizing new Action Alliance Lifetime Members, Becky Weybright and Eric Garrison.

In addition to honoring our HOPE Awardee and recognizing our new Lifetime Members, we invited advocates and supporters from around Virginia to join us for some fun with three options: Paint Night, Trivia Night, and Virtual Happy Hour.

Watch the recording of the Act. Honor. Hope. 2020 program:

Thank you to our sponsors!

Four blue lines that form the letter D next to Dominion Energy.
A green V overlapping a blue v next to the words Virginia Victims Fund
Blue block with white letters, ECK to the top of a white band with black letters that spell enterprises.


  • Zoe Best
  • Judy Casteele
  • Betty Ellet
  • Michele Holleran
  • Bela Modi
  • Nancy and Samuel Perry, Jr.
  • Tremayne Robertson
  • Claire Sheppard
  • Gretchen Soto
  • In Memory of Beth Strother

Find Support Near You

Virginia Sexual & Domestic Violence Agencies

  • Start Typing Locality