The Alaska Safety Planning Empowerment Network (ASPEN) is a statewide partnership invested in helping Alaska community and service providers meet the needs of people with disabilities who are victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking. This partnership includes the Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education, University of Alaska Anchorage’s Center for Human Development, Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, Statewide Independent Living Council, the Advisory Board on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, and the Alaska Mental Health Board.
Our Unique Contribution
ASPEN has worked in several Alaskan communities including the rural communities of Dillingham and Ketchikan, which are located in isolated areas of the state. In collaboration with communities, they conduct projects such as needs assessments with domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking service providers, as well as reviews of policies and procedures for social service agencies to identify areas for improvement. ASPEN also develops and implements community-wide strategic plans to work towards improving services for survivors with disabilities. In addition to their experience addressing barriers for rural communities, they have also gained significant experience addressing unique needs of Native Alaskan communities.