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Thursday, May 03, 2018 by Action Alliance

Sexual and Domestic Violence Coalition Hosts Conference to Build Justice, Healing, and Liberation for Survivors of Sexual and Intimate Partner Violence

PRESS STATEMENT

Richmond, VA – The Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance (Action Alliance), Virginia’s leading voice on sexual and intimate partner violence, is hosting the Justice. Healing. Liberation. Conference at Virginia Crossings Hotel and Conference Center this week to help professionals working with all ages, using trauma-informed practices to respond to violence, and engaging in social change strategies to prevent violence from happening in the first place.

The conference brings together victim advocates, law enforcement officers, preventionists, prosecutors, students, and more to learn more about the impact of trauma on individuals and communities, the power of story-telling as pathways to healing, and emerging trends in responding to interpersonal and community violence.

“Survivors of sexual and intimate partner violence deserve prevention strategies and responses that are consistent across communities, disciplines, and geographies, and based in evidence-informed practices,” said Kristi VanAudenhove, Executive Director of the Action Alliance, “The role of the Action Alliance is to promote these values and practices.”

The conference focuses on convening a multi-disciplinary audience to build broader opportunities for justice and healing for survivors of trauma. Highlights of the conference include: Keynotes Dawn O’Malley, the Clinical Director of Alexander Youth Network, a ChildTrauma Academy NMT Partner Site in Charlotte, North Carolina; John Richardson-Lauve, the
Director of Mental Health and Lead Trauma and Resilience Educator at Childsavers in Richmond, Virginia, and; Tiffany Turner-Allen, Program Director for Ujima: The National Center on Violence Against Women in the Black Community in Washington, DC.

This conference was made possible in part by the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services,the Virginia Department of Social Services, the Virginia Victims Fund and Family and Children’s Trust Fund of Virginia.

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About the Virginia Sexual & Domestic Violence Action Alliance
The Action Alliance has been Virginia’s leading voice on sexual and domestic violence for more than 30 years and enhances response and prevention efforts through training, public policy advocacy, public awareness programs, and technical assistance to professionals. www.vsdvalliance.org @VActionAlliance

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