Statewide Trainings



April 26-27, 2017
Biennial Statewide Prevention Conference
DoubleTree by Hilton – Richmond, VA

Building Healthy Futures: Linking Public Health & Activism to Prevent Sexual & Intimate Partner Violence

The Virginia Sexual & Domestic Violence Action Alliance – in partnership with the Virginia Department of Health and Virginia Department of Social Services – is excited to offer a two-day conference focused on the primary prevention of sexual and intimate partner violence. The theme for this 5th installment of the Building Healthy Futures conference series is Linking Public Health & Activism to Prevent Sexual & Intimate Partner Violence. This conference will showcase innovative prevention projects, activist organizing, and movement strategies that work to shift our culture and empower young people and communities to end violence.

National trainers will address a range of topics focused on best practices and innovations in public health, primary prevention, and movement building work. We will also be highlighting ground-breaking Virginia-based prevention initiatives.

Keynote speakers include: 


Maheen Kaleem, Staff Attorney at Rights4Girls 
Dismantling the Sexual Abuse to Prison Pipeline

This keynote will articulate the sexual abuse to prison pipeline, or the pathways of gendered violence that lead girls into the juvenile justice system, and discuss the broader advocacy strategies necessary to interrupt the pipeline. Specifically, the keynote will describe how the intersections of racial and gendered oppression intersect to create unique vulnerabilities for marginalized girls to be criminalized for their experiences of trauma and sexual violence. The keynote will also describe the systemic reform efforts necessary to achieve justice for our most vulnerable and marginalized girls.



Dr. Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Poet, Black feminist scholar and Octavia’s Brood writer
The Time of the Silence Breaking: Evidence for a World Free from Sexual Violence

In this interactive keynote, Dr. Alexis Pauline Gumbs will draw on more than 15 years responding to sexual violence, her work as a Black feminist visionary futurist, and her short story “Evidence” from Octavia’s Brood, to create a collective experience where we draw on generations of resilience to clarify our commitments in this historical moment towards a future free from violence.


Other trainers include: 

  • Jennifer Grove and Mo Lewis, Prevention Team at the National Sexual Violence Resource Center and national technical assistance providers and trainers on primary prevention, evaluation, and program development.
  • Tracy Wright, Program Coordinator/national technical assistance provider for the Resource Sharing Project and lead coordinator of the Young Advocates Institute, a project of the North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault.
  • Marilyn Metzler, RN, Senior Analyst in Health Equity at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and nationally recognized trainer, researcher, and expert on social determinants of health and community health strategies.
  • JP Przewoznik, Director of Prevention & Evaluation at the North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault and coordinator of SHIFT NC, a trauma-informed healthy sexuality education project.
  • Tonya Osinkosky and Rebecca KeelRISE for Youth Coalition Coordinators at Legal Aid Justice Center and organizers, trainers, facilitators on juvenile justice reform and alternatives to youth incarceration.
  • Arlene Vassell, Vice President of Programs, Prevention, & Social Change at the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence and national trainer and technical assistance provider on anti-oppression, primary prevention, and social change.
  • Greater Richmond Trauma-Informed Community Network (TICN), a Virginia-based network dedicated to supporting and advocating for continuous trauma-informed care for all children and families. They have had incredible successes transforming school discipline-practices and the way that communities respond to and support children and families.
  • Fatima M. Smith, Assistant Director for Sexual & Intimate Partner Violence, Stalking, & Advocacy Services and Adjunct Faculty at Virginia Commonwealth University, consultant and facilitator at FMS Speaks, LLC, radio host, community mobilizer on issues of race, gender, and anti-oppression.
  • Bunny Chidester, Domestic Violence Program Specialist, Office of Family Violence at Virginia’s Department of Social Services and statewide teen violence prevention expert and trainer.
  • Action Alliance Prevention Team, statewide technical assistance providers and trainers on capacity building, program development, and evaluation for primary prevention initiatives.
  • Featuring innovative Virginia-based prevention programs, prevention practitioners from the Sexual Assault Resource Agency in Charlottesville, The Haven in Warsaw, and the violence prevention program of Alexandria, share their innovative work.
  • Resilience documentary film screening, this film delves into the science of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and the movement to prevent toxic stress.


Intended Audience: Public health professionals, sexual assault crisis center staff, domestic violence agency staff, child abuse prevention and treatment professionals, school resource officers, teachers, juvenile justice professionals, youth development/youth-serving professionals, counselors/therapists, psychologists, and anyone else interested in learning strategies to prevent sexual and intimate partner violence!


When and Where:
April 26th & 27th, 2017
DoubleTree by Hilton, Richmond, VA
1021 Koger Center Boulevard Richmond, VA 23235
(804) 379.3800

A limited number of rooms have been blocked for this event at a rate of $109.00 per night. Please make your own reservations by calling the DoubleTree by Hilton Richmond-Midlothian directly.  Please mention this conference when reserving your room. This room rate expires April 11th, 2017.


Registration cost:  $135 for Action Alliance members // $165 for non-members

The deadline to apply for a scholarship was March 22nd



June 7-9, 2017
Action Alliance Biennial Statewide Retreat
Radford University in Radford, VA

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We are currently accepting scholarship applicationsworkshop proposals, and Catalyst Award nominations.

Please visit for more information on keynotes and workshops, registration, scholarships, the Catalyst Awards Dinner, and more! 


July 19-20, 2017
DO YOU Facilitator’s Training

DO YOU: Building Youth Resilience Through Creative Expression is a primary prevention strategy to address teen dating violence, sexual harassment, and bullying by promoting positive youth development and healthy relationships. This training is designed for adult facilitators and teen mentors (who are peer facilitators) interested in implementing DO YOU in their communities. This comprehensive training will equip you with all materials and experience necessary to successfully implement the 10-session DO YOU program locally with small groups of teens ages 13-16.


October 27, 2017
VAdata for Advanced Users
ECPI Glen Allen Campus

Are you a Director who wants to learn more about what VAdata can do for you? Are you responsible for your agency’s grant reporting and want to learn more about how VAdata can make your grant reporting easier? Did you know that VAdata provides 14 different data reports, including reports for your primary grants through DCJS and VDSS? Are you hesitant to trust the reports in VAdata? If so, this VAdata report training is just what you’re looking for!

After this training you will understand: When and how to use the reports in VAdata; queries – how to use them to audit VAdata and retrieve information you’ve put into VAdata; how to use VAdata reports in grant writing, public awareness, and other community awareness activities; and how VAdata data entry impacts your quarterly statistical reports.