The V Word

Advocating to end sexual and domestic violence

The V Word: VAVP and Virginia Pride

We continue our conversation with Stacie Vecchietti, Ha Tran, and Zakia McKensey from the Virginia Anti-Violence Project. On today’s show, we excerpt from a longer interview on Community Conversations on Recovery about their work with Virginia Pride, the impact of Police presence at events, and the complexity of anti-violence work within an intersectional lens.


Virginia Anti-Violence Project (VAVP)

Equality Virginia 

The V Word: An Interview with Nationz

Today Carol talks with Zakia McKensey about her work with Nationz as part of our series with the Virginia Anti-Violence Project. Stacie Vecchietti and  Ha Tran join her.

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Virginia Anti-Violence Project (VAVP) 


It’s All in the Genes: How Trauma is Woven into Our DNA

Very Excited to be offering this webinar Tuesday for the Action Alliance…

August 16, 2016 10:00 am

It’s All in the Genes: How Trauma is Woven Into Our DNA

Register Here

Presented by Carol Olson, Licensed Professional Counselor, Board-certified Art Therapist, and Development Director for the Action Alliance.

Intergenerational trauma is not a new concept for advocates helping survivors deal with their past and present. Now, science is taking this concept even further – suggesting that our genes can carry memories of trauma experienced by generations past and that this can influence how we cope with stress and trauma. The implications of this new science on how services are provided to survivors of trauma are profound.

This webinar will examine this new science and how it can transform the provision of services to survivors.

The V Word – Violence in the LGBTQ Community

Today’s show focuses on violence in the LGBTQ community.


Virginia Anti-Violence Project 

Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance

Trauma Informed DV Advocacy – Part II

Today Carol continues on the theme of trauma informed Domestic Violence Advocacy. She highlights information and tips from the National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma and Mental Health.



YWCA Richmond 

Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance – statewide coalition and hotline

Trauma Informed Advocacy for Domestic Violence

In today’s V Word, Carol talks about Trauma-Informed Advocacy for Domestic Violence and Mental  Health



WRIR 97.3 FM 

Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance

Rita Smith – NFL anti-violence education program


Carol met up with Rita Smith, consultant for the National Football League at the recent End Violence Against Women International Conference in DC. Rita was presenting on her work in the anti-violence field and took time out to speak briefly on what the NFL is doing in response to issues of domestic violence.



WRIR 97.3 FM 

Precise Advisory Group 


The V Word – Teen Dating Awareness Month

Today Carol talks about statistics for teen dating violence and resources in the community both nationally and locally.

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WRIR 97.3 FM

YWCA Richmond  #WhyWait @ywcarichmond 

Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance  @VActionAlliance

The V Word: Forced Marriage


Today Carol talks about Forced Marriage and the current bill going through Virginia’s General Assembly.

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