Domestic Abuse Response Team (D.A.R.T.)
The Anchorage Disability Abuse Response Team (D.A.R.T.) was created to address the unique needs of individuals with disabilities and ensure fair and effective services. AWAIC has taken a leadership role in coordinating the Anchorage D.A.R.T team. Studies have proven that individuals with disabilities are at greater risk of violence and neglect and those studies rate women with disabilities even at even higher risk. The D.A.R.T. is comprised of multiple agencies in Anchorage that can help with resources and referrals in a time of need for safety. The D.A.R.T team providers from multiple disciplines come together to reduce barriers and ensure each participant has an advocate to assist with accessing resources.
Reduce barriers for people with disabilities who are experiencing abuse, exploitation or neglect.
D.A.R.T. Anchorage envisions a community in which people with disabilities who are experiencing abuse, exploitation or neglect have a network of support that allows for safety, support and compassion.
Why participate in D.A.R.T.?
- Access to member list including direct contacts at member agencies
- Networking with partner agencies
- Training opportunities
- Resource sharing
Member agencies agree to support the Disability Abuse Response Team (D.A.R.T.) by:
- Assigning a point of contact to attend monthly meetings
- Provide member agencies with training about their services and area of expertise
- Assist to coordinate and/or attend activities for Domestic Violence Awareness Month and Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
- Agreeing to add domestic violence and sexual assault training to their new employee orientation and on-going employee training
- Agreeing to add disability specific training to their new employee orientation and on-going employee training
For more information about the Anchorage Disability Abuse Response Team, please contact Virginia McCaslin or call (907) 743-5753.
Emergency Cold Weather Plan
In 2009 a collaborative effort was organized between nonprofits, the Municipality of Anchorage, and local faith-based groups identifying many families and individuals were staying in hazardous conditions, sleeping in their cars and at risk of great harm on the streets. When the temperature plummets it is difficult for families to stay on the streets or in any of these conditions.
The group worked together for a solution, now referred to as The Cold Weather Plan and would be activated for families in need of shelter when the temperature dropped to 44 degrees or lower. AWAIC became a critical part of the collaboration and acts as the conduit to safe haven through our 24-hour Crisis Line. Those who are not eligible for AWAIC services are connected with another shelter or a church for a night of respite from the cold. Although this service is directly in line with the AWAIC mission, it indirectly provides a much needed resource and awareness within our community and a preventative extension to those who may feel desperate and angry and react unfavorably under inclement weather conditions.
Green Dot Anchorage
Green Dot Anchorage is a collaborative effort of the Anchorage Alliance for Violence Prevention (AAVP). AAVP is a multidisciplinary collaboration of individuals, non-profits and businesses that care about ending violence in Anchorage. We are committed to changing the culture in Anchorage from one that supports violence to one that does NOT tolerate violence and where every citizen knows they are expected to do their part. Please contact us for information about how you, your organization or your business can join the movement!