Basic & Continuing Advocacy Trainings

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All BATs and CATs take place from 9:30-4:00 p.m. and are located in our Richmond office unless otherwise noted.

Scroll down to register for upcoming trainings and review descriptions. More trainings will be added throughout the year. 

Basic Advocacy Trainings (BATs) are designed for advocates working with people who have experienced/are experiencing sexual and/or domestic violence and are conducted by members of the Action Alliance Training Institute Faculty and Staff. While this series is designed for staff and volunteers of Sexual and Domestic Violence Agencies (SDVAs), the content is also helpful to allied professionals including healthcare providers, therapists/counselors, homeless services, faith communities, social workers, victim/witness assistance staff, and more. BATs help participants learn about and practice many of the basic skills necessary for effective advocacy.

BATs include:

*Child and Youth Advocacy     *Crisis Intervention    *Cultural Competency

*Domestic Violence                   *Sexual Violence           *Trauma-Informed Advocacy

Continuing Advocacy Trainings (CATs) were developed in response to the growing need to provide continuing education for advocates and allied professionals who have been in the sexual and domestic violence field for over three years. This series will offer advocates and allied professionals a chance to dig deeper and continue to build critical skills needed to enhance the response to and prevention of sexual and domestic violence.

CATs include:

*Legal Advocacy     *Racial Justice as Trauma-Informed Advocacy

*Reproductive & Sexual Coercion    *Working with Survivors who are LGBTQ

*Working with Survivors who are Immigrants

*Essential Elements of Collaboration: Behavioral Health & Domestic Violence

*Trauma-Informed Advocacy: College Campuses



November 8, 2017
Domestic Violence

This training explores the root causes of domestic violence; the “herstory” of the movement to end domestic violence; how trauma-informed advocacy acts as the framework for service provision; risk factors and risk assessment; safety planning; domestic violence laws in Virginia; and systems advocacy.



November 9, 2017
Sexual Violence

This training introduces concepts about rape culture and challenges related to changing social norms across the social ecological model; advocacy with sexual assault survivors; beliefs about healthy sexuality; confidentiality; and relationship building for successful community collaborations.



December 5, 2017
Racial Justice as Trauma-Informed Advocacy

This training will examine how institutional and systemic racism create disparities in experiences between survivors of color and survivors who are white (including disparities in access to resources and support following trauma exposure), why a racial justice lens is integral to trauma-informed advocacy and prevention, and specific examples of how the Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance has integrated a racial justice lens into aspects of its work.