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We host a number of events throughout the year in Sitka to raise awareness about the prevalence and impact of domestic violence and sexual assault, and to gather support for ending the epidemic of violence within our community and across Alaska. Our events also celebrate the success of our prevention programs and efforts in Sitka. If you would like to know more about our events or would like to become involved, contact

Read about some of our annual events below! 



October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Every year, SAFV displays flags to raise awareness about the prevalence of DV in our community. The flags are a visual representation of Sitka's DV statistics from the past year. Every flag represents a statistic, for example, yellow flags represent the number of bed nights SAFV has provided to residents in the past year. 


Since 2008, SAFV has been hosting a youth poster contest to give youth a chance to showcase their talents and ideas, and to help bring awareness to Child Abuse Awareness Month in April. All K-5th grade students are invited to create entries to the poster contest each spring. Each poster is displayed around Sitka in April, and several Honorable Mentions and Grand Prize winners are selected by SAFV staff to highlight in the media.

Check out these photos of submissions from past contests. Past themes include: Safe for All, Fun for All;If Kids Ruled the World; Kids Can Make a Better World; Sitka is Special Because of Me; My Greater Sitka Family; and I Matter to Sitka! To learn more about SAFV's annual poster contest, contact


Every spring, SAFV teams up with Keet Gooshi Heen to offer Girls on the Run, an empowerment running program for girls in third through fifth grade. At the end of the season, girls participate in a 5K fun run, an event that families, friends, and community members come out to support.


Check our the photos from the 2014 season's 5K. To learn more about Girls on the Run in Sitka, go to our GOTR page or contact

Every fall, SAFV teams up with Keet Gooshi Heen to offer BRITK, a running program for boys in third through fifth grade that incorporates Southeast Alaska traditional values into the curriculum. At the end of the season, boys run a 5K to celebrate their team work and skills they built throughout the season.


Check our the photos from the 2014 season's 5K. To learn more about the program, go to our Boys Run page or contact


Since 1998, SAFV has celebrated the achievements of women by giving them an opportunity to shine at our annual Honoring Women event.


The women are nominated based on their volunteer or professional services to women and children in Sitka. It's a wonderful event to celebrate the everyday strengths and hearts of the women in this community, for all they have given and all they do to enhance our community.

Nomination submissions are open to the community. The process begins in December of every year and the deadline for nominations is the end of January. Please make sure your candidate has not yet been honored at the event, but checking out our Past Honorees. 


You may submit your nomination by email to or by mail to SAFV at PO Box 6136, Sitka, AK 99835. In your nomination, please explain why this individual should be honored and include your phone number and email address, as well as the complete contact information for the nominees, including phone, cell phone number, and email address. 

A committee of past honorees and staff of Sitka nonprofit organizations collaborating with SAFV will choose four honorees. The 18th Annual Honoring Women and Silent Auction in 2015 will take place in April. Additional details will be posted on our home page bulletin and  announced in the community as we near the event. 

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