Welcome, rural grantees! Since 1998, Praxis has been providing training, technical assistance (TA) and networking opportunities to rural communities funded by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.
training! Rural grantees may use their OVW set-aside training funds to
cover travel expenses to attend all training listed here and do not need to get approval
from their OVW program specialist.
No registration fee.
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Rural Routes to Change Networking Sessions
Building Blocks--webinar trainings
INSTITUTELarge groups of grantees and national experts gather for training on a range of topics.REGISTRATION NOW OPENOctober 21 - 23, 2014Bloomington, MNBuilding & Enhancing Rural Coordinated Criminal Justice Responses to Battering
An interdisciplinary training institute for rural granteesTuesday & Wednesday: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Thursday: 8:30 am – 3:00 pm
Review draft agendaTraining overview:Whether you have a barely formed interagency team, a
coordinated community response (CCR) that is facing hurdles, or a
well-established team that wants to further develop skills, this is the
institute for you. This free, three-day training will offer prosecutors, law
enforcement officers, batterer intervention program staff, probation and parole
officers, advocates, and court personnel ideas on how to strengthen, expand,
and give new direction to their CCR.
institute will provide the latest research and information on best practices for coordinating
criminal justice system responses to battering. It will also provide an opportunity
for teams to work together to integrate the information provided and develop
customized action plans for your community. Whether you are new or
seasoned, you will leave with an understanding of how to build a CCR that can
effectively prioritize and implement solutions to better protect victims and
their children, hold offenders accountable, and maximize the efficacy of your
coordinated community response.
Through lecture, small group activity, and discussion,
the general session topics will include:
- Championing the cause to coordinate interagency responses to
- The mission, purpose, & function of an effective CCR
- Battered women and their children: The dangers they face
- Activities for CCRs: Moving from
networking to taking action
- Practices & policies to assure
enhanced and consistent responses
Discipline-specific tracks will address related CCR
roles, best practices, and emerging issues, but will also specifically address:
- Law enforcement: rural realities and their impact
on law enforcement response, strategies for reducing homicides of victims and
officers, reducing dual arrests and false arrests, evidence-based investigation
strategies when responding to domestic violence-related crimes, etc.
- Prosecution: Charging, pretrial release, plea negotiation, preparing
for trial, trial, sentencing, enforcement, influencing work prior to a
prosecutor’s involvement that “makes or breaks” the case, and working with
battered women’s advocates, etc.
coordinators and advocates: Tools and skills for enhancing your
interagency responses to battering, strategic use of research, statistics, and
data to inform interagency discussions and accountability, anticipating
resistance and strategizing to prevent/overcome obstacles, strategic use of “the
sessions will include:
- Enhancing safety for immigrant victims
- Addressing the needs of Native women
- Adapting and implementing the Blueprint for Safety
NOTE: Although specific tracks will not be offered for probation, batterer’s
intervention, and court personnel, participants of those disciplines are
encouraged to attend this institute because of the vital role they play in
influencing agencies that rely on them and those upon which they rely. These
participants will be able to “float” between tracks in order to gain maximum
exposure to best practices at three major points of intervention and relate
those back to their own unique role in their CCR.
Marcus Bruning, ret. Supervising Deputy Sheriff, Saint Louis
County Sheriff’s Office
Denise Eng, Praxis International
Chief Tom Smith, Saint Paul Police Department (tentative)
Rose Thelen, Gender Violence Institute
Matt Wiese, Prosecuting
Attorney, Marquette County, Michigan
Vicki Ybanez, RedWind Consulting, Inc.
Who should attend?
Communities are encouraged to attend as teams of up to 4 CCR
members to achieve the most meaningful outcome from the training.
Register now! (deadline: September 18)Contact Janice Wick for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org, 218-525-0487, x251
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critical-thinking and problem-solving events with a small group of rural advocates, practitioners, Praxis staff and a national expert.
August 7 & 8, 2014
Advocacy on Behalf of Women who Fight Back
A Roundtable for Rural Advocates
As a result of this roundtable, participants will be better able to:
- Advocate on behalf of individual battered women who have been arrested for use of force against their abusers
- Organize and collaborate to reduce the arrest & prosecution rates of battered women
- Recommend & implement criminal justice system responses that do not strengthen an abuser’s ability to cause further harm
a reality—women who face ongoing abuse sometimes fight back. Advocates
are crucial in helping the system know how to get it right by advocating
for strong self-defense determinations and predominant aggressor
analysis. But when women use force that is illegal, advocates need to
know how to work with them in ways that do not embolden their abuser’s
ability to cause further harm while also addressing their use of
violence within the larger context of their victimization. This
roundtable will strengthen rural advocates’ strategies for organizing
with community partners to reduce the overall arrest rates of battered
women and will position them to provide meaningful support to battered
women who have used illegal force.
Facilitated by Melissa
Scaia, Executive Director, Domestic Abuse Intervention Programs, Duluth,
MN and Advocates for Family Peace, Grand Rapids, MN
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Contact Janice Wick for more information: email@example.com, 218-525-0487, x251
BUILDING BLOCKS--TRAINING SESSIONS
Webinars on the core components of effective institutional and individual advocacy that improve outcomes for victims and accountability for offenders. These trainings are intended to provide in-depth perspective and thinking on relevant issue from national and rural experts in the field. Registration is required. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you do not receive registration confirmation. All calls take place the third Wednesday of each month from 2 - 3:15pm Central Time.
Wednesday, September 17Advocacy for Social Change in Your CCRProfessor Val Kalei Kanuha, University of Hawaii at Manoa and ALC Faculty
In the last 20 years, advocacy has drifted from social change toward an approach that is more based on a social service model. Currently there is a resurgence of interest in reclaiming the roots of advocacy, with the understanding that while important, providing services alone does not eliminate the problem. Join us as we discuss the foundations of institutional advocacy directed at social change, and consider implications for CCR/SART efforts, including:
- foundational thinking and theories
- the importance of engaging communities in the cause of justice
- interconnected types of advocacy
- social change advocacy core principles, and
- core activities of social change advocacy
RURAL ROUTES TO CHANGE--WEBINAR NETWORKING
by Rose Thelen, Praxis TAP and expert on rural coordinated community responses,
Rural Routes to Change feature guests working to implement key CCR strategies
in rural communities to share their current experiences.
Wednesday, October 15
Your Advocacy Program's Capacity for Social Change: One Program's Experience
Rose Thelen, Praxis Technical Assistance Partner and Kim Bruce,
The primary purpose of a CCR/SART is to reform
practices in criminal, civil and other agencies in your community. To do
this requires an understanding of how systems currently function and their
impact on victim safety and offender accountability. While it is every
participating agency’s role to do so, as the community agency most involved in
the lives of victims, advocacy programs are best situated to identify and
prioritize efforts to address gaps in the system. Join us as we talk with
Kim Bruce from Shelterhouse in MI about how their program reorganized
their work to incorporate an institutional advocacy focus to strengthen their
CCR/SART efforts, specifically around:
- Mission, purpose and function,
- Administrative practices,
- Resources, and
Wednesday, December 17
Leveraging Key Features of Rural Life to Benefit CCR Efforts
Rose Thelen, Praxis Technical Assistance Partner + Rural Grantee
Effective CCR’s are built on relationships, which
are often already in place in small rural communities. Key people may have
taken up the cause of improving inter-agency responses before your CCR was even
in place. Identifying these people and changes can make the task of
standardizing and improved outcomes simpler than starting from scratch. Relationships
that exist outside of the agencies directly involved in a CCR can influence
community support for overall goals. Also, people have more frequent
access and interaction with each other in a variety of settings. While not
negating the problems associated with implementing a CCR in a small community,
this session will help you identify rural strengths that can
work in your favor. Join our conversation as we consider:
- Formal and informal power in Rural communities,
- What’s already been done,
- Leveraging informal access, and
and maintaining media relationships
BUILDING BLOCKS--TRAINING SESSIONS
Webinars on the core components of effective institutional and individual advocacy that improve outcomes for victims and accountability for offenders. These trainings are intended to provide in-depth perspective and thinking on relevant
issue from national and rural experts in the field. Registration is required. Please contact email@example.com if you do not receive registration confirmation. All calls take place the third Wednesday of each month from 2 - 3:15pm Central Time.
Wednesday, November 19Practical Implications of Current
Intimate Partner Violence Research for Advocates and Service Providers
In 2009, the National Institute of Justice published Andrew
Klein’s Practical Implications of Current
Domestic Violence Research: For Law Enforcement, Prosecutors and Judges. In
Dec 2013, this work was expanded to include what the research suggests is
important about the additional data from the perspective of victims, advocates
and service providers as well as about the efficacy of particular advocacy
services themselves. The research results found in this compilation can
optimize individual advocacy, other service programming and coordinated
community response efforts. Join us to
discuss highlights of research findings which help provide answers to the
- How can research assist you in providing
services and efforts to change the community response?
- What do victim
advocates and service providers need to know about the impact of the civil and
criminal justice system?
- Is arrest the best response? Does prosecution deter further abuse? Can
cases be successfully prosecuted without the victim?
services and advocacy are most effective for increase victim’s wellbeing,
safety and court outcomes? Should domestic violence victims who suffer sexual
assaults be encouraged to participate in SANE programs?
INSTITUTELarge groups of grantees and national experts gather for training on a range of topics.
The Critical Role of Leadership: Coordinating Rural Interagency Response to Violence Against Women
training for advocates, coordinators, & leaders of coordinated
interagency efforts to improve community & systems responses to
ending violence against women
March 26—28, 2014
Overview of training:
institute focused on the key philosophies, skills, & methods of
organizing and maintaining successful rural interagency efforts to
improve community & system responses to all forms of violence
Follow up resources available