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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.

Approved 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
Grantee Roundtables

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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 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 19

Practical Implications of Current Intimate Partner Violence Research for Advocates and Service Providers
Andrew Klein, Advocates for Human Potential

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 that 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 following questions:

  • How can research assist you in providing services and efforts to change your 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? 
  • What services and advocacy are most effective for increased victim well being, safety and court outcomes?
  • Should domestic violence victims who suffer sexual assault be encouraged to participate in SANE programs?


Facilitated 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, 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
  • Developing and maintaining media relationships


Upcoming training INSTITUTE

Large groups of grantees and national experts gather for training on a range of topics.

October 21 - 23, 2014
Bloomington, MN

Building & Enhancing Rural Coordinated Criminal Justice Responses to Battering
An interdisciplinary training institute for rural grantees

Overview of training:
The training institute provided the latest research and information on best practices for coordinating criminal justice system responses to battering. It also provided an opportunity for teams to work together to integrate the information shared and develop customized action plans for communities. Participants gained an understanding of how to build a CCR that prioritizes and implements solutions to better protect victims and their children, hold offenders accountable, and maximize the efficacy of a local coordinated community response.  

Follow up resources available

March 26-28, 2014, 2014
Phoenix, AZ

The Critical Role of Leadership: Coordinating Rural Interagency Response to Violence Against Women
A training for advocates, coordinators, & leaders of coordinated interagency efforts to improve community & systems responses to ending violence against women

Overview of training:
The 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 against women.

Follow up resources available

Contact Janice Wick for more information:, 218-525-0487, x251

critical-thinking and problem-solving events with a small group of rural advocates, practitioners,
 Praxis staff and a national expert.

Stay tuned for upcoming roundtables!

Contact Janice Wick for more information:, 218-525-0487, x 251

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