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, September 26
       Coordinating a Community Response (CCR) in a Rural Area – One Program’s Experience
        Rose Thelen, Praxis Technical Assistance Partner, and Daryl Kennedy Chanthus, LAPSW Executive Director 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 future Building Block webinars!