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.


Your responses to the questions about accessibility accommodations included in our registration process help us meet your needs. We, therefore, ask for registration at least seven days before an event to allow adequate time to accommodate requests. We offer live webinar closed-captioning and visually accessible PowerPoints. If you need assistance with registration, require an alternate format to register, or need other help to register or participate, please contact:

 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, May 16 (rescheduled from March 28*)
       Women’s / Survivors’ Education and Support Groups for Social Change
       Rose Thelen, Praxis Technical Assistance Partner, and Teresa Mills, Peace at Home Shelter

The movements to end sexual and domestic violence have emphasized that an individual woman/survivor’s actions or psychology does not cause the violence she’s experienced. Rather, the root causes of violence against women reside in oppression and inequality. For that reason, early support and educational groups included opportunities for women/survivors to take action on individual, institutional, and cultural levels to change the conditions that support oppression and inequality. Over time, these types of groups have shifted away from action and moved towards a focus of individual recovery and support. One rural advocacy program in rural Arkansas has continued to provide women/survivors opportunities to analyze and act together to change institutional, political, and cultural realities that perpetuate sexual and domestic violence. Join us for a conversation with Teresa Mills, CEO of Peace at Home Shelter, to discuss:

  • Examples of groups that facilitate action for social change,
  • Consequences of focusing only on individual recovery, and
  • How to get started, address obstacles, and build program capacity to engage in social change within rural communities

REGISTER  *If you registered for March 28 your registration will be transferred to the rescheduled webinar, May 16 


 Wednesday, June 27
        VAWA Confidentiality and Protections for Immigrant Victims of Domestic Violence
        Leslye Orloff, National Immigrant Women’s Advocacy Project (NIWAP)

As the number of immigrant family violence victims accessing justice increase, it is critical that advocates understand federal statutory protections afforded by Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).  This webinar will provide attendees with up-to-date information on screening for immigration relief, VAWA’s Confidentiality Protections, and filing U Visas as quickly as possible after victimization.




 Wednesday, September 26
       Coordinating a Community Response (CCR) in a Rural Area – One Program’s Experience
        Rose Thelen, Praxis Technical Assistance Partner, and Daryl Chanthus, Wo/Men’s Resource and Rape Assistance Program (WRAP)

Most CCR models have been developed and implemented in urban and non-rural communities. As a result, advocacy programs often grapple with how to adapt these efforts to account for rural realities. Since early 2017, Praxis has been working with the Wo/Men’s Resource and Rape Assistance Program (WRAP), that serves over 19 rural counties, to address rural obstacles and capitalize on rural assets, with a focus on strengthening their CCR efforts. The results to date have included strengthening collaboration between system and community-based advocates and working relationships with law enforcement to domestic violence that enhance response to domestic violence.

This webinar will address:

  • How to build on rural strengths to engage agency and community leaders without an emphasis on an inter-agency task force or team,
  • Organizational shifts required to provide CCR coordination and specialized advocacy,
  • First steps to develop law enforcement and inter-agency protocols for Advocacy Initiated Response (AIR), tracking and monitoring, and other enhanced responses, and
  • Consideration of successes and obstacles in evaluating outcomes




 Wednesday, November 14
       Interpreting for Victims of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
Wendy Lau, Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence

Agencies and programs know how difficult it is to find qualified interpreters. Finding interpreters skilled in DV/SA interpretation adds another layer of difficulty, especially for rural communities with limited resources. Many interpreters are uncomfortable with terminology or are unaware of the dynamics of DV/SA. Agencies can plan for this by understanding challenges faced by interpreters, understanding interpreter ethics, and recognizing signs of bad interpretation. This webinar will discuss promising practices and tools used so agencies can better facilitate interpretation and ensure the victim’s story are accurate and complete. In addition, the webinar will also look at practical solutions for communities with limited resources on providing meaningful access to limited English proficient victims and survivors.



 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!


Institute: 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

Sample content from previous Institute:

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