Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Council Releases 2017 Annual Report
April 18, 2018
The Council has also released its Fiscal Year 2019-2021 Request for Proposals (RFP) for community-based victim services grant programs. Grant recipients will provide critical and immediate emergency services and referrals to Alaskans impacted by domestic and sexual violence.
According to the 2017 annual report, 3,058 unduplicated participants received emergency or transitional shelter with 106,881 shelter nights provided with an average stay of 35 nights.
Primary issues reported by victims being served:
In a Knowledge, Attitudes, and Beliefs survey conducted by the UAA Justice Center in partnership with the Council, the survey found that Alaskans agree that domestic violence and sexual assault are problems in their community (79%); that Alaska adults have a responsibility to intervene if they see such behavior occurring (94.7%); and that when people engage in sexual activity with each other, there needs to be clear, verbal, and conscious agreement throughout the entire sexual experience (88.8%).
CDVSA’s Community-Based Victim Services Grant Program provides funds to support local crisis intervention organizations across Alaska. The Council is committed to ensuring that Alaskans in need of support services have access to them, and will be well-served by the organizations providing them. A copy of the RFP is available on the State Online Public Notices.
During 2017, the Council provided training on sexual assault response, and prioritized public outreach, engagement, and prevention through numerous other trainings, partnerships, and collaborations. Moving forward, CDVSA remains committed to enhancing sexual assault response, and expanding Alaska’s batterer’s intervention programs (BIPs) to support victims and change perpetrator behavior.
Also in May 2017, CDVSA welcomed new Executive Director L. Diane Casto.
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