Training & Advocacy Center


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Connecticut Alliance to End Sexual Violence provides training and technical assistance to individuals and communities who are seeking to increase their understanding of sexual violence and enhance their skills in supporting survivors of sexual violence.

Our trainings are victim/survivor-centered, research informed, and best practice based. The Alliance staff is invested in tailoring all trainings to meet the needs of our audiences; therefore, the length and content are developed to meet your specific training needs. Trainings can be anywhere from one hour to multiple days in length. The Alliance is committed to providing trainings that meet the needs of communities working to support survivors and end sexual violence.

Upcoming Trainings

The Intersections of Anti-LGBTQ Bias and Sexual Violence

Tuesday, June 6, 2017 // 9:30 am – 12:30 pm // Register Here

Sexual violence impacts all communities, however not all survivors have equal access to services after an assault. This training will examine the impact of anti-LGBTQ bias on the lives of LGBTQ survivors of sexual violence. Participants will learn about relevant terminology and intervention strategies that are LGBTQ inclusive.


Sexual Violence in Black Faith-Based Communities *

Saturday, June 10, 2017 // 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm // Register Here
Albany Branch Community Room, 1250 Albany Avenue, Hartford, CT

Religious institutions have historically played an important role in supporting Black communities. When people are seeking support and guidance, and are a part of a faith community, that community is more than likely the first place they turn to. However, conversations about sexual violence are not often taking place within the confines of faith-based institutions and communities.

This community conversation will be facilitated by Melinda Johnson and address the following questions: How is your community seeing sexual violence showing up? How has your faith community addressed sexual violence? What are some of the barriers to addressing sexual violence within the context of faith? How is your community uniquely positioned to support survivors? What does a faith-based response look like?


Black Men and Sexual Violence *

Thursday, June 15, 2017 // 6:00 pm -8:00 pm // Register Here
Burroughs Community Center, 2470 Fairfield Avenue, Bridgeport, CT

This community conversation will be facilitated by Marlon Ramnanan and focus on the impacts of sexual violence on the lives of Black men. There is a dearth of research and conversations on the impact of sexual violence on the lives of Black men. This conversation will seek to highlight the ways Black men are impacted by sexual violence as survivors and interveners.

This community conversation will address the following questions: How do we see sexual violence show up in the lives of Black men? How does the dominant narrative of Black masculinity impact sexual violence perpetrated against Black men? What roles do and can Black men have in ending sexual violence?


Black Women and the Impact of Sexual Violence *

June 17, 2017 // 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm // Register Here
Location to Be Determined, New Haven, CT

This conversation will be facilitated by Freda Grant and focus on the impacts of sexual violence on the lives of Black women. According to Black Women’s Blueprint, 60% of Black women have experienced sexual violence in their lifetimes. This conversation will be semi-educational and highlight the historic impact of sexual violence on the lives of Black women. However, participants will also begin a conversation about what to do with this information and where to go from here.

During this community conversation, participants will address the following questions: How do you see the historical and current impact of sexual violence in the lives of Black women? What are some ways this violence has been addressed? What are the ways in which this violence has not been addressed? What do we, as a community, need?


Sexual Violence in Black and African American Communities: A Day-Long Institute *

June 20th, 2017 // 9:30 am – 3:30 pm // Register Here
The Lyceum & Resource Center, 227 Lawrence St, Hartford, CT

The goal of this institute is to engage service providers serving Black and African American people and to provide them with considerations and skills to adequately serve Black and African American survivors. During this institute, participants will get a chance to learn about the new innovative ways that sexual violence is being addressed within the communities.

By the end of this institute participants will be able to: identify some of the reasons Black and African American communities are being underserved; identify new resources for healing in Black and African American communities; and identify the connection between anti-blackness and sexual violence.


Sexual Assault Interventions for Law Enforcement: POSTC Re-Certification

June 27, 2017
10:00 am – 11:30 am // Register Here
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm // Register Here

This training will equip law enforcement officers with the skills necessary to supportively respond to victims of sexual violence in the course of their work. The training will include information about the dynamics of sexual violence, how to partner with local sexual assault crisis programs, and how to make informed referrals to other services for victims and their families. The training will also explore the ways that trauma can impact interviews and investigations, and provide strategies to sensitively overcome common barriers. A review of existing laws, best practices, and answers to the most common questions posed by the law enforcement community will also be provided during the training.

Instructions and Policies

Directions and Parking

The Training & Advocacy Center is located at 98 Pitkin Street, East Hartford, CT 06108. When arriving for trainings, please enter through the 98 Pitkin Street entrance. This doorway is to the left of The Alliance’s main entrance. Walk down the hall until you arrive at our side entrance on the right. Parking is available in any unmarked space at the front of the building. Additional parking is to the right of the building. Please carpool when possible.


Connecticut CEU Provider Policy

As noted in PA 10-38 (Licensure of Master and Clinical Social Work) and NASW’s State of Connecticut Continuing Education Unit (CEU) Provider Policy, continuing education hours can only be awarded if an attendee successfully completes the entire training; therefore, full attendance in the entire training activity is required. Participants who arrive late, miss any portion of the training, or leave early will not be eligible for continuing education hours.


* Underserved Communities Grant Policy

These projects are supported by Grant No. 2013-WF-AX-0032 awarded by the state administrating office for the Justice Assistance Grant Program. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in these programs are those of the sponsors and do not reflect the views of the State of Connecticut or the U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Justice Programs.