For Training and Support of Our Communities
The Council funds a variety of programs through federal STOP Violence Against Women Act Grant funds. This grant funds four key areas in the fight against domestic violence and sexual assault:
- Law enforcement
- Victim services
Recently STOP grant funds awarded to the Council have supported:
- SART/SANE training for prosecutors
- A week-long sweep and community policing effort in rural Alaska which led to 15 sex offenders arrests and 10 domestic violence related arrests
- A conference for prosecutors and paralegals about forensic evidence in domestic violence cases
- The Litigating Family Law Cases Involving Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault continuing legal education (LAP) conference
Sexual Assault Response Teams (SART)
Sexual Assault Response Teams work collaboratively to provide specialized sexual assault intervention services. Teams generally have goals of increasing reporting and conviction of sexual assaults and countering the experience of sexual trauma with a sensitive and competent response. Typically, teams consists advocates, law enforcement officers, forensic examiners such as SANE nurses, crime lab personnel, and prosecutors.
The Sexual Assault Response Team Sustainability and Future Visions committee met in 2011 to provide modifications to the State SART protocols to better serve the interests of victims, their families and the State. The three subcommittees - SART protocols/guidelines, costs of forensic examinations, and measuring success: outcome measures for Alaska's response – met separately to draft and revise statewide policies. Alaska will have consistent SART trainings in the Spring and the Fall of each year. In concert with the Alaska Network on Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault, the Council has developed protocols for communities interested in having their own SART teams. If you are interested in learning more, please call the Council to find out more information.
Learn more about what the Council is doing to help prevent sexual assault and domestic violence in our communities
For Rural Communities
In 2011 CDVSA was awarded $900,000 through a competitive grant award from the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women. Funding supports direct service and prevention in nine rural Alaskan communities.
Youth projects are designed to intervene, educate and prevent child sexual abuse and dating violence.