Welcome to the Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance Training Institute Site!

Questions? Comments? We want to hear from you! Contact us at training@vsdvalliance.org or call us at 804-377-0335.


Featured Opportunity


Biennially, the Action Alliance hosts a Retreat for advocates working on the front lines of sexual and domestic violence services and prevention.This is a time for connection, reflection, healing, and learning. This year, our Retreat will be held at Emory and Henry College on June 5-7, 2019.

The theme for this year’s Retreat is “cultivate”, which means to build, grow, and maintain. We want to encourage participants to nurture their practice, grow in their expertise, and for our communities to rejuvenate ourselves in the work to eliminate violence and oppression, and you can help lead us in these efforts by facilitating a workshop!

We are looking for a creative, diverse set of workshops and presentations. It is encouraged that you think outside the box to share your expertise in a way that inspires openness, willingness, boldness, and wholeness.

A stipend of $250 will be offered per workshop presentation. Workshop proposals are due by February 1st.

There will be a few tracks designated and therefore we have special interest in workshops that fall under these categories:

  • Cultivate Resilience: Prevention
  • Cultivate Your Craft: Advanced Advocacy
  • Cultivate Leadership: Executive Directors
  • Cultivate Wholeness: Self & Community Care
  • Cultivate Community: Engaging Community & Partnerships

Additional topics can include but are not limited to:

  • Trauma-Informed Advocacy
  • Racial Justice
  • Resilience
  • Under-Served/Marginalized Survivors (including LGBTQ, youth, incarcerated survivors, immigrants, rural areas, and more)
  • Innovative Service Models
  • Technology – Safety & Positive Uses of
  • Sheltering
  • Campus Advocacy
  • Legal Advocacy
  • Health
  • Art Therapy
  • Community Organizing
  • Team-Building
  • Legislative Advocacy
  • Inter-Sectional Impact of Trauma

Proposals are due by February 1st! Click here to submit your proposal

New in 2019!

February 12, 2019
9:30am to 4:00pm

Working with Male Survivors
Action Alliance Office
1118 W. Main Street
Richmond, VA 23220

The training will provide attendees with knowledge and skills to better recognize signs and symptoms of trauma in males with a specific focus on boys and men of color. More importantly trainees will become better able to understand the trauma and healing needs of the communities they serve which will enhance their ability to incorporate a healing-centered lens into the work they do. The training will take place over the course of a day and consist of three (3) phases: (1) Trauma 101 for males and particularly boys and men of color; (2) Trauma-informed and healing-centered approaches; (3) Vicarious trauma and Self-Care.

Lunch is provided.

SDVA Members – $65
Lifetime, Professional, or Affiliate Member – $75
Non-members – $105