Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Inc

aka ANDVSA   |   Juneau, AK   |  www.andvsa.org

Mission

To be a collective voice for victims and survivors and to support those agencies and communities working to prevent and eliminate domestic and sexual violence. The specific and primary purposes are:

1) To provide training, technical assistance, legislative and legal advocacy, pro bono attorney connections and resource materials to victim services agencies and other stakeholders;
2) To provide coordination, planning, training, and technical assistance to those who are working to create and implement domestic violence and sexual assault prevention strategies and activities;
3) To provide communication and linkage among programs and organizations whose primary focus is the prevention and intervention of domestic and sexual assault;
4) To expose the roots of domestic violence and sexual assault in the institutionalized discrimination against women, children and those who are viewed as having less power;
5) To assure that voices, experiences and expressed views of survivors of sexual and physical violence are a guiding force and
6) To identify, challenge and change issues of gender, race and related oppressions that contribute to violence.

Ruling year info

1984

Chair of Governance Board

Suzi Pearson

Chair of Operating Board

Cheri Smith

Main address

130 Seward St Ste 214

Juneau, AK 99801 USA

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EIN

92-0087216

NTEE code info

Spouse Abuse, Prevention of (I71)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (R01)

Management & Technical Assistance (S02)

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Programs and results

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Our programs

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ANDVSA Legal Advocacy and ProBono Program

Victims of domestic violence and sexual assault and their advocates continue to identify the need for civil and legal representation as a top priority. ANDVSA's Legal Advocacy and ProBono Program responds to this vital need by providing both direct legal assistance through our staff attorneys and Pro Bono Program and training to victim advocates and others across the state. Since receiving Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) funding nearly 300 Alaska attorneys have volunteered with the Legal Advocacy Project, donating on average between 25-85 hours to each case, equaling millions of dollars in attorney time donated to the project. The Legal Advocacy Project trains and recruits volunteer attorneys. Since its inception in 1999, the ANDVSA Pro Bono program has received more than 2000 referrals, operated an Information and Referral Hotline, provided award-winning support materials to attorney's - including our Family Law Practice Manual and Women's Legal Rights Handbook, and provided continuing legal education and training to more than 1500 victim advocates, attorneys, law enforcement officers, court personnel and more.

Population(s) Served

The ANDVSA Training Project provides training and technical assistance to community service providers and advocates for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault throughout Alaska. The ANDVSA Training Project  provided more than 9,350 clock hours of training to more than 1,500 service providers, advocates and interdisciplinary teams serving communities across the state in the past fiscal year. The project, in partnership with the Council on Domestic Violence and the Alaska Native Women's Coalition provided three days of training for 80 rural victim service providers at its annual conference and responded to more than 3000 requests for technical assistance. Project Director Patti Bland also heads up a staff exchange and mentoring team to provide opportunities for advocates to learn skills and enhance cultural understanding through mentoring and community-based training. The Project has developed curriculum materials for reaching under-served populations including its "Getting Safe and Sober: Real Tools You Can Use" manual, that has been used in programs throughout Alaska, Canada, Mexico and New Zealand.

Population(s) Served

Through support from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the Network has spearheaded statewide prevention efforts. After 18 months of collaboration, ANDVSA and a 20-member statewide steering committee produced a comprehensive primary prevention plan, outlining achievable goals for prevention activities. In concert with ANDVSA's Communications Project, the Prevention Project produced the state's first ever campaign aimed at promoting healthy relationships and healthy sexuality among teens. The Project has also provided a leadership role in improving health education in schools, adapting evidence-based prevention curricula for Alaska. Its annual Lead On! For Peace and Equality conference brings together youth from across the state for leadership training, resulting in more than 25 youth-led projects in 2009.

Population(s) Served

The ANDVSA Public Policy Project works on behalf of member programs to affect public policy relative to support and protections for victims of domestic and sexual violence. The project assists member programs to work effectively with policy makers to strengthen support for victims and prevention programs.

Population(s) Served

Provides training and TA on Internet and electronic safety protocol.

Population(s) Served

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Affiliations & memberships

National Network to End Domestic Violence 2011

Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN) 2010

National Coalition Against Domestic Violence 2011

Goals & Strategy

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1. Increase operational funds and resources.
2. Increase state and national partnerships.
3. Improve Board accountability and functionality.
4. Increase quality capacity, education and training opportunities.
5. Monitor and participate in creating federal and state legislation, policy and laws involving domestic and sexual violence.

• Develop more sustainable funding sources.
• Participate in state and national efforts.
• Promote development and implementation of resources.
• Develop media materials to promote efforts.
• Ensure annual evaluation and board development.
• Offer board educational opportunities.
• Promote continuing education efforts within the coalition.
• Explore new training and education delivery opportunities.
• Participate in cross-training efforts with other partners.
• Provide opportunities for capacity building.

Highly functioning Governance Board
Participatory Operating Board and membership
3 offices around the state with 14 dedicated staff
Current ED in position for 10 years
Membership driven

National - reputation of ANDVSA amongst other state coalitions and federal funding agencies is top notch and with some projects, model programs. ANDVSA is known for being consistent and innovative to respond to Alaska's unique needs
State- ANDVSA works very well with state partners (health, social services, education, corrections, public safety, disabilities folks and other nonprofits and has been closely involved with Governor's Initiative to address Domestic and Sexual Violence.
Tribal - ANDVSA works well with tribal communities and alaska native people working to address domestic and sexual violence

Although the number of incidences of domestic and sexual violence have not decreased, the amount of reporting has increased with public awareness, primary prevention strategies being implemented and many victim service agencies have begun to report that they are seeing victims with less physical injury and sooner.

Financials

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Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Inc

Board of directors
as of 9/13/2016
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Suzi Pearson

AWAIC in Anchorage

Term: Apr 2013 - Mar 2015


Board co-chair

Cheri Smith

LeeShore Center in Kenai

Term: Oct 2012 - Sept 2014

Rowena Palomar Treasurer

AVV in Valdez

Nicole Songer Secretary

CFRC in Cordova

Jessica LawMaster Chair of Legislative and Policy Committee

South Peninsula Haven House in Homer

Rebecca Shields Chair of Programs & Services Committee

Kodiak Womens Resource & Crisis Center

Dawn McDevitt Chair of Membership & Partnership Committee

Seaview Community Services in Seward

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes