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Request for proposals

Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance

Basic Advocacy Training Package Request for Proposals

The Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance is seeking proposals from individuals with expertise in the fields of sexual and domestic violence advocacy and experiential training rooted in adult learning theory to develop a Basic Advocacy Training Package that includes:

• A revised version of our recently developed basic advocacy curriculum designed for delivery at the local or regional level;

• A new “Training for Trainers” curriculum that will prepare experienced advocates and community educators to deliver the basic advocacy training in their region/community;

• Pre-and post-training resources that will strengthen advocacy skills and practices for new staff and volunteers;

• A set of participant evaluation tools that will inform the Action Alliance of training outcomes when the basic advocacy training is used at the local or regional level and assist member agencies in evaluating participant readiness to deliver effective advocacy to survivors; and

• Piloting, evaluating and revising each of the components of the package.

The Action Alliance may select one or more consultants to work with us on this project.


The Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance is Virginia’s leading voice on sexual and intimate partner violence. As an advocacy organization, we provide the expertise needed to ensure an effective response. As a service provider, we offer people resources for making informed choices. As a membership organization, we build diverse alliances across the state.

For more than 20 years, the Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance Training Institute has played a leading role throughout Virginia in delivering forward-thinking and accessible education, training, and resources to professionals, allied professionals, and members of the community who work on the front lines to address and prevent sexual and domestic violence.

Since its inception the Training Institute has offered basic advocacy training designed to prepare advocates to meet standards established for the field and deliver effective advocacy for survivors. This project is part of a 3-year plan to:

1.Meet new Professional Standards being developed under the auspices of the Statewide Advisory Committee on Sexual and Domestic Violence as well as advocacy guidance being developed as part of the Underserved Populations Learning Collaborative partnership; and

2.Transition the delivery of quarterly basic advocacy training from the Training Institute to member sexual and domestic violence agencies. The Training Institute will transition to offering basic advocacy Training for Trainers semi-annually to ensure local capacity to deliver basic advocacy training.

Over two days, our Basic Advocacy training explores trauma-informed advocacy as the framework for providing sexual and domestic violence services in a culturally-responsive manner. Participants learn about fundamental issues such as sexual and domestic violence within the context of rape/victim blaming culture, what it means to be culturally-responsive, practice basic crisis intervention skills, highlight prevention strategies, and more. This training is designed for new advocates, whether paid or volunteer.

What we would like you to submit

•A cover letter outlining your experience and why you would like the opportunity to develop this project. Please include your experience with sexual and domestic violence training and advocacy, nonprofit agencies, and linking the work to address sexual and domestic violence to social and racial justice.

•A description of your skills related to the project deliverables, and an estimated hourly fee for your work on the project.

•A list of three references familiar with your advocacy and training experience.

Important dates

RFP Closing: 4:00 p.m. EST on June 11, 2019

Consultant Selection Completed: June 21, 2019

Anticipated Project Start Date: June 24, 2019

Anticipated Project Completion Date: December 30, 2019

Proposals are due at 4:00 p.m. EST on June 11, 2019 to Amanda Pohl at or 1118 W. Main Street, Richmond, VA 23220.

Questions regarding this request for proposal may be directed to Data Systems and Evaluations Director, Amanda Pohl, at or 804-337-1912.

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