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.
trainings: Rural grantees may use their OVW set-aside training funds to
cover travel expenses to attend this training 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
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.
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, March 19, 2014
Addressing Law Enforcement Response to Battering through a CCRRegisterWednesday, June 18
Rose Thelen, Praxis Technical Assistance Partner, and Suzanne Kramer-Brenna, CAWS ND
A coordinated community response effort organizes
the criminal justice system to enhance its individual and joint agency
capacity to protect victims and hold offenders accountable. An integral
part of that process is to understand local response problems and seek
efforts that have been successful to resolve these in other communities.
Join us for a discussion with Suzanne Kramer-Brenna, CAWS North Dakota, to hear how she supported communities
across the state to utilize the Domestic Violence Best Practice
Assessment Guides to create concrete improvements to law enforcement
response to domestic violence (register for next month’s webinar to
learn more about the core “best practices” in law enforcement response).
- An overview of the Domestic Violence Best Practice Assessment (DVBPA) guides,
- How the guides were adapted for use in 4 coordinated inter-agency efforts in ND,
- The scope and logistics of CAWS-ND’s work,
- Findings, recommendations, and next steps, and
- Implications for replication to other inter-agency efforts and resources.
Calling Victims Before They Call YouRose Thelen
, Praxis Technical Assistance Partner + Rural Grantee
We know that victims experience better
outcomes when linked with confidential advocacy; psychological
distress is reduced and court
outcomes are enhanced. Just knowing a resource
is available, though, doesn’t guarantee a person will access it. Not understanding
the role of an advocate, or not wanting to bother anyone, many victims will
refuse an offer of an advocacy call. However, when an advocate calls a victim
and offers confidential services, although they have the right to refuse, most victims
welcome the call. This opportunity can
lay the foundation for continued involvement and support as a victim processes her
experiences, thereby increasing safety for other victims. Join us to hear from
one community that has sought to implement the practice of advocacy-initiated
response and learn how it has changed their advocacy and the subsequent
criminal case outcome.
Wednesday, August 20
Prosecution Responses to Battering through a CCR
, Praxis Technical Assistance Partner + Rural Grantee
A successful CCR monitors current and improved
responses in all involved law enforcement and court agencies in order to meet
the goals of enhanced victim safety and offender accountability. This session will examine the ways that CCRs
can establish mechanisms to identify prosecution responses, particularly those
that produce problematic outcomes for victims,
measure them against best practices and then work to adapt them to improve
outcomes for battered women. Join us as we:
- Consider problematic prosecution practices,
- Review and assess prosecution policies,
- Discuss how to establish methods to monitor
- Consider agreements between agencies,
- How to analyze data, and
- Consider “constructive engagement” that build
collaborative commitments and enhances prosecutorial outcomes.
Wednesday, October 15
Your Advocacy Program's Capacity for Social Change: One program's
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
Webinars on the core components of effective institutional and individual advocacy that improve outcomes for victims and accountability for offenders. Trainings intended to provide in-depth perspective and thinking in 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, April 16
Practices for Law Enforcement Response To Domestic ViolenceMarcus Bruning, Retired St. Louis
County, MN Deputy Sheriff
As first responders, law enforcement is best
positioned to analyze “who is doing what to whom and with what impact?” When
documented in the police report, this assists multiple agencies in doing their
job enhancing safety for victims, and holding offenders accountable. For
advocates, CCR coordinators, and namely, law enforcement officers, this webinar
will detail the following core practices in law
enforcement response to domestic violence: risk assessment, self-defense and
predominant-aggressor determinations, report-writing guidelines, and victim
Wednesday, May 21
Crucial Role of the Community-Based Advocate in Rural CCRs
Rose Thelen, Praxis Technical Assistance Partner
Community-based advocates play a
number of crucial roles in addressing a community’s response to violence
against women. Frequently the only source of confidential advocacy for
survivors, they work cooperatively with law enforcement and government-based advocates
(victim/witness advocates, etc.) to improve outcomes in individual cases.
Despite resistance and obstacles, they are uniquely tied to the direct
experiences of survivors in their community, they play a pivotal role when identify
gaps and developing solutions for improving criminal justice system responses.
This session will discuss the foundations of community-based advocacy
involvement in systems reform efforts, common obstacles to fulfilling this
role, and strategies for leveraging inherent power differentials.
Best Practices for Prosecutors
Matt Wiese, Prosecuting
Attorney, Marquette County, Michigan
session will discuss the importance of successful prosecution, as well as other
strategies that hold offenders accountable and better protect victims by
reducing reliance on direct testimony to secure convictions for domestic
violence-related crimes. Matt Wiese,
Marquette, MI County Attorney will provide information and
identify resources on:
- The distinct and collaborative roles of the
system-based and community-based advocate in working to enhance prosecution,
- How prosecutors work with law enforcement and
advocacy agencies to enhance safety for women while holding offenders
- How to build a case that reduces reliance on
battered women's testimony in the aftermath of the Crawford Decision,
- Written policies, procedures, forms, and working
agreements needed by CCRs to assure effective prosecution, and
- How to work with CCRs to identify problems in
prosecution and define solutions that create long term change.
Wednesday, September 17Advocacy
for Social Change in Your CCR
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 Rose Thelen,
Praxis Technical Assistance Partner and long time advocate for social change as
she discusses the foundations of institutional advocacy directed at social
change, and considers 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
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
REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED
March 26—28, 2014
Approved training for Rural Grantees!
Rural grantees may use their OVW set-aside training funds to cover
travel expenses & do not need to get approval from their OVW program
Overview of training…
institute will focus on the key philosophies, skills, & methods of
organizing and maintaining successful rural interagency efforts to
improve community & system responses to all forms of violence
Who should attend…
coordinators, & leaders will develop specific skills necessary to
lead effective interagency work in rural communities & implement
model strategies for addressing specific issues in ending violence
Specific topics to be addressed include…
Leadership skills to:
• Articulate a vision of institutional advocacy & collaboration
• Establish & convey the national & local extent of the problem
• Support & elevate the role of advocates in reform efforts
• Engage, motivate, & coordinate key players in your community
• Leverage personalities, features of rural life, & the fabric of your community to improve outcomes
Model strategies for:
• Addressing abuse in later life, with National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life
• Strengthening responses to
victims with disabilities, with Accessing
• Sexual assault response
teams, with Sexual Violence Justice
Institute @ Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault
• Coordinated community
responses to domestic violence, with Praxis
• Organizing Tribal responses,
with Red Wind Consulting, Inc.
• Addressing the unique issues
faced by Latina survivors, with National
• Securing buy-in with judges
& prosecutors, with Praxis
• & more...
training is for advocates, coordinators, and leaders of coordinated
inter-agency efforts to improve community and systems responses to
violence against women. A team is not required to attend but feel free
to send more than one person from your community. There is no
registration fee. Please register by February 21st.
receipt of your registration, you will receive preliminary confirmation
that indicates we are holding a space for you at this event. However,
DO NOT make any travel arrangements until you receive a second
confirmation that will include complete travel, meeting, and hotel
details. At that time, you can make and pay for your travel and hotel
arrangements. Your OVW set-aside training funds cover all allowable
Hotel and location of the institute…
Specific hotel and institute location details will be sent with the second phase of confirmation.
critical-thinking and problem-solving events with a small group of rural advocates, practitioners, Praxis staff and a national expert.
Stay tuned for more info!