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.

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:

 Wednesday, November 15, 2017
      Child Protection Services: Advocating for safety for battered mothers and their children together

Rose Thelen, Praxis Rural consultant and Jessica Nelson, Wright County, MN CPS

Advocacy for battered women in relationship to their children is vital. Advocacy with the system that has the power to remove children from their mothers is also vital. Definitions and understanding of safety, protective strategies, and impact on children of living with a batterer can sometimes lead to adversarial relationships between battered women’s advocates and child protection workers. But battered mothers need advocates to be able to work with and within child protection to ensure that a system designed to focus on children doesn’t inadvertently make things worse for a woman and her children. This webinar will introduce strategies for child protection workers and battered women’s advocates to come together to:

  • explore our different perspectives, non-defensively,
  • better understand the complexities of the child protection system,
  • build attention to safety that focuses on battered mothers and their children together into policies and case processing, and
  • explore lessons learned from a community that utilized a practice assessment process to strengthen outcomes for battered mothers and their children.

Register now!


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


December 5-7, 2017 Phoenix, Arizona

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



 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!