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.



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 maximize CCR outcomes.

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.

Registration opening soon…

 Building Blocks–webinar training

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 17, 2017

When Victims of Battering are Charged with Assault: Exploring Effective Advocacy Responses

*Speaker: Cindene Pezzell, National Clearinghouse for the Defense of Battered Women

Across the country, increasing numbers of battered women are being charged with assault as the result of their self‐defensive and/or sometimes illegal use of violence against their batterer. If the goal of a CCR is safety and justice for victims of battering, and accountability for offenders, CCRs and domestic violence programs need advocacy strategies and meaningful interventions for battered women defendants that consider the context and severity of violence. This webinar features Cindene Pezzell, National Clearinghouse for the Defense of Battered Women Legal Coordinator who will discuss:

  • How victims of battering become defendants,
  • The direct and indirect consequences of arrests and convictions that impact survivors’ safety,
  • Best practice individual advocacy strategies for working with battered women charged with domestic violence‐related crimes,
  • The role advocates play as part of legal defense teams, and
  • Sources for ongoing training and support for working with battered women charged with crimes.

Register now!

 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

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

Stay tuned for the 2017 webinar calendar!