webinar-circleWebinars provide you with the opportunity to access relevant, timely education, information and resources without having to leave your office. As the cost of travel continues to rise and the need for more staff to be available throughout the day, the Action Alliance is making a commitment to develop and deliver new webinar-based trainings each year. Internet access is needed to participate in these training sessions.

All webinars take place from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. unless otherwise noted. Shortly after registering for the webinar, you will receive a separate email with instructions for accessing the webinar. Webinars are FREE.


June 21, 2017
LGBTQ 101*

This webinar will provide basic information about Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer identities with a particular focus on understanding the differences between sexual orientation and gender identity. If you are unfamiliar with the LGBTQ community and would like to enhance your knowledge before attending the LGBTQ 201 Continuing Advocacy Training or if you’d like a refresher, this webinar is perfect for you.


*NOTE: This webinar will begin at 2:00pm

June 22, 2017
Protective Orders in VA – Understanding the Basics and Making them Work

This webinar provides a basic understanding and overview of Protective orders in VA, how and why they came about, what protections they are intended to provide and for whom, and ways that communities can work together to better ensure their effectiveness.


June 29, 2017
Address Confidentiality Program

The Address Confidentiality Program (ACP) webinar is to provide an overview of ACP and changes in the law that will take effect on July 1, 2017. The overview will include; what the program is how, how it works, who is eligible (as of July 1), the application process and the creation of the Application Assistant program. Through the Application Assistant program, each domestic and sexual violence program and victim witness assistance program can have as many certified ACP application assistants as they need/want. This will include an in depth training on ACP, what is needed for a victim to join the program, and how to fill out the application. We will keep a database of all Application Assistants and refer victims to the local agencies for assistance with obtaining and filling out the application.


June 30, 2017
Technology: The Good, the Bad, and the Unknown

Technology. There is no escaping it. As it relates to our work, technology holds both promise and fear. People who inflict violence on others often use technology as a tool of power, control, coercion, and abuse. Survivors often cling to technology as a comfort. Advocates use it as a tool to do their work. But what DON’T we know about technology and how it relates to our work? What safety measures can it offer survivors? What tools are we not taking advantage of? What are some lesser known hidden dangers? Join us for this eye-opening, information-packed webinar.


July 25, 2017
SAFE (Sexual Assault Forensic Exam) Payment Plan

Both state and federal law dictate that a sexual assault victim shall not pay for their forensic exam, even if they do not participate with the criminal justice process. How is this law enforced? This webinar will cover the SAFE Payment Program, Virginia’s program for sexual assault victim forensic exam payment. Eligible victims, expenses covered, the intersection with other compensation for victims, and challenges to payment will be discussed. If you work with sexual assault victims, you should watch this webinar!


August 16, 2017
Resources for Working with Adult Literacy Learners

Studies show that 1 in 6 adults have low literacy skills, and in all likelihood this understates the problem. Survivors with low literacy skills encounter barriers to accessing services and face difficult challenges when they do receive services. In many cases, it can be difficult to even tell when an adult has low literacy skills and knowing the signs can be very helpful as you work with these survivors. This webinar will explore barriers and provide concrete strategies for addressing them and improving the quality of services as well as provide adult literacy resources.


August 24, 2016
Key Considerations for Serving Deaf Survivors of Domestic and Sexual Violence

This webinar will offer practical tips and resources for working with survivors who are part of the deaf community.


September 20, 2017
Maintaining Confidentiality: Obligations & Best Practices

This webinar will provide an overview of current state and federal requirements related to confidentiality and sexual/domestic violence work but will also push us further – how can we do better? Trauma-informed recordkeeping, best practices, and new ways in which confidentiality can be breached and protected will all be discussed in this webinar.


September 29, October 26, December 14
Executive Director/Management Series for SDVAs


November 13, 2017
Culturally Relevant Legal Services

More information about this webinar will be posted in the future.