Praxis offers webinar and in-person training for programs organizing an end to violence against women in rural communities. We are committed to access and inclusion for our trainings, and strive to ensure all events are as accessible as possible for participants with disabilities, limited English proficiency (LEP), and Deaf participants.

 Rural Routes to Change–webinar training and networking

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. All webinars take place from  2 – 3:15pm Central Time.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Build your case: Learn more about problematic institutional responses for systems change

Rose Thelen, Praxis Rural consultant, and Joanna Knowles, Helpmate, Asheville, NC

Battered women are arrested for self-defense. Language access services are unavailable.  Survivors lose custody. Domestic violence and stalking cases are deferred or pleaded down. These circumstances are not new, but do we know: Who is most affected? How big the problems are? Individual, institutional and community costs?

Join us to learn how to recognize problems that may exist in your rural area, and understand how clear identification is the first step in creating institutional change. In this session we will consider:

Methods of identifying the extent and impact of the problem,

  • The use of public data and inter-agency agreements to track and monitor institutional responses,
  • Documenting victims’ experiences through advocacy procedures, surveys, interviews, and focus groups,
  • Identifying personal, social and political costs of problematic institutional responses, and
  • Using data to build alliances and solve response problems.

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Building & Enhancing Criminal Justice Responses to Battering in Rural Communities

An interdisciplinary training institute for law enforcement, prosecution, advocates, probation, batterer intervention programs, and other members of CCR teams

December 5-7, 2017 Phoenix, Arizona

Approved training! Rural grantees may use their OVW set-aside training funds to cover travel expenses and do not need to get approval from their OVW program specialist.

This training institute will build skills for rural grantees working within a coordinated community response (CCR) regardless of the stage of development or implementation. CCRs that have a barely formed interagency team, those that are facing hurdles, or those with a well-established team that want to take their work to the next level will benefit from attending. This is a rare opportunity for you and your community partners (prosecutors, law enforcement officers, batterer intervention program staff, probation and parole officers, and system- and community-based advocates) to learn together how to strengthen, expand, and give new direction to your CCR. Participants will leave with an understanding of how CCRs can effectively prioritize and implement solutions that enhance protections for victims and their children, hold offenders accountable, and sustain best practices in response to battering.

General session topics:

  • Championing the cause to organize interagency responses to domestic violence
  • The mission, purpose, & function of an effective CCR
  • Moving from networking to taking action
  • The Blueprint for Safety: A complete set of policies & practices to ensure enhanced and consistent responses
  • Identifying & accounting for risk & danger
  • Approaches to effective victim engagement

Discipline-specific tracks will address CCR roles, best practices, and emerging issues in:

  • 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.
  • 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, working with advocates.
  • CCR coordinators and advocates: key philosophies, skills, and methods of organizing and maintaining successful rural interagency efforts to improve  responses to battering, strategic use of research, statistics, and data to inform interagency discussions and accountability, anticipating resistance, strategies to prevent or overcome obstacles, and strategic use of CCR meetings.

Marcus Bruning, Supervising Deputy Sheriff (ret), St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office

Kata Issari, Praxis Executive Director

Amalfi Parker-Elder, Praxis Program & Training Specialist

Rose Thelen, Gender Violence Institute

Matt Wiese, Marquette County Prosecuting Attorney

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. Specific tracks will be offered for law enforcement, prosecution, and CCR coordination and advocacy. 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 choose one track or “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.

We are committed to access and inclusion for our trainings, and strive to ensure all events are as accessible as possible for participants with disabilities, limited English proficiency (LEP), and Deaf participants. Registration includes questions to regarding any accommodations we can make for your participation. Hotel and training site is accessible.

There is no registration fee. Please register by October 24, 2017. A wait list is available for communities that wish to send more than 4 people (please indicate on the registration form below).

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Download print publicity & fax registration
Contact Janice Wick for more information or for assistance with registration: or 218-525-0487, x251

Registration confirmation and travel
When we receive your registration, we will send you 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 travel expenses.

 Building Blocks–webinar training

Registration is required. Please contact if you do not receive registration confirmation. Webinars take from 2 – 3:15pm Central Time.

Stay tuned for the 2018 webinar calendar!