Q&A for Advocates National Institute


11th Annual National Institute for building strategies for advocacy and organizing in response to abuse in Lesbian, Bisexual, Trans, and Gay communities. Please view the 2013 Q&A Mailing+Registration Flyer for full details, or email qanda@nwnetwork.org.

What is Q&A for Advocates?

Q&A (Queers & Allies/Questions & Answers)  is a one-of-a-kind training and consultation  project available to d.v. advocates and others who work with bisexual, trans, lesbian, and gay survivors of abuse. Through this project, the Northwest Network brings together advocates  from across the country to:

  • Develop assessment skills and experience;
  • Share specialized info from LBTG survivors;
  • Share information about unique issues andconcerns facing our diverse LBTG communities;
  • Problem solve around typical barriers that existin shelters, advocate programs, anti-violence

    projects and queer resource centers;

  • Integrate queer generated theories andinformation about domestic violence into work

    with survivors;

  • Topics include: assessing “who’s who” in abusiveLBTG relationships; supporting survivors’ self determination

    in advocacy; Trans 201 and  domestic violence through a

    trans perspective;

  • community outreach and engagement strategies;sex, sexuality and sexual abuse; safety

    planning in small communities; support group

    and counseling issues; involving community

    members in social change;

  • basic and advanced domestic violence analysis.

Q&A participants also have on-going access to  NW Network advocates for technical assistance  and consultation following the institute!

Training location and hotel information will be provided upon registration.

Join us for an exciting new addition to Q&A!

We are offering a one day post-Institute Summit focusing on
Sex & Advocacy: Creating Individual Skills and Organizational Capacity to Support Empowered, Sex-Positive Advocacy for Survivors of Sexual & Domestic Violence.  Join us for an interactive day of discussion, self-reflection, and skills-building focusing on:
  • Examining our personal, social and movement values as they relate to sex, sexual violence and healing from trauma.
  • Building our self-awareness and skills to provide holistic advocacy services to survivors of sexual violence.
  • Increasing organizational capacity to provide services & engage communities with a sex-positive lens & orientation.
The Sex & Advocacy Summit will be held on Saturday, February 23rd from 9 am - 4:30 pm and is free of charge for all Q&A attendees. Make sure to check the box to let us know you plan on attending the summit when you register!

Scholarship info:

A limited number of full and partial scholarships are available to potential Q&A attendees. Scholarships cover the cost of registration, but do not include lodging or transportation .If you are interested in a scholarship, please download the

scholarship application form and mail it to us at

 Scholarship application deadline is Friday, December 7th 2012.

We are sorry but registration for this event is now closed.

Please contact us if you would like to know if spaces are still available.