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Trauma-Aware Collaborative Advocacy

Trauma-Aware Collaborative Advocacy


Description of Training:

The Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services is pleased to announce that registration is now open for Trauma-Aware Collaborative Advocacy Training in Harrisonburg, VA.

The trauma experienced by survivors of sexual and intimate partner violence can often make it difficult for them to navigate medical and legal systems to communicate their needs effectively. Advocates play a crucial role in supporting survivors when interfacing with law enforcement and medical professionals by providing trauma-aware emotional support, guidance, and advocacy.  In addition, advocates can help bridge the gap between law enforcement, medical professionals, and survivors by building trust, rapport, and providing insight and understanding to the effects of trauma experienced by the survivors and other common responses that are often connected to the dynamics of sexual and intimate partner violence.  By working collaboratively and intentionally with law enforcement and medical professionals, advocates can better serve survivors of sexual and intimate partner violence.

Intended Audience:

Community-based Victim Advocates in Sexual and Domestic Violence Organizations. If you are not a community-based victim advocate, you may be placed on a waiting list and offered a seat only if there is space. DCJS reserves the right to cancel registrations of anyone who is not the intended audience.

Topics Covered:

  • Role of advocates collaborating with law enforcement and medical professionals
  • Comprehensive contextual definition of trauma
  • N.E.A.R. science (Neurobiology, Epigenetics, ACEs, and Resilience)
  • Common trauma responses including re-enactments and dissociation
  • How to support survivors to stay in their ‘Window of Tolerance’
  • Mindfulness, Presence, and Compassion
  • Trauma Informed Values as an Advocate


Aimee Stockenstroom, LCSW is an experienced clinician and trainer with a demonstrated history of working in the field of intimate partner and sexual violence in both national and international settings. She possesses a diverse set of skills, including experience in training advocates in local domestic violence and sexual assault agencies, law enforcement, and medical healthcare professionals about trauma, trauma responses, and the impact of trauma, as well as how to facilitate collaborative partnerships with advocates, medical healthcare professionals and law enforcement when supporting adult survivors of intimate partner and sexual violence through the legal justice system. In addition to this work, she has consulted with domestic violence and sexual assault agencies providing program and policy development focused on a trauma-informed framework. Aimee is also an expert witness certified to testify on topics related to trauma responses, impact of trauma on the brain and memory, dynamics of domestic violence, and responses commonly seen in adult survivors of intimate partner and sexual violence.  Aimee’s combination of skills and experience makes her an asset in the field of intimate partner and sexual violence and well-equipped to help individuals who have experienced trauma, community-based advocates, and organizations create positive change in their communities. 


No credits. Attendees will receive a certificate of attendance if they attend the entire training.

Participant Registration and Cost

Preregistration is required. There is no cost to register.

Parking instructions will be emailed to attendees.


Lunch: On your own


Cancellation Policy

Registrants will receive an email notification if this session is cancelled.

Course Director:

Jennifer Kline
Improving Criminal Justice Responses Program Coordinator
Victims Services
(804) 225-3456