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, January 24, 2018
       Should I Stay or Should I Go? Helping Domestic Violence Survivors with Interstate Cases
      *Trainers Deb Goelman, Amie Lewis, and Darren Mitchell, Legal Resource Center on Violence Against Women

Do you ever feel conflicted about what to tell domestic violence survivors wanting to relocate with their children to another state? The Legal Resource Center on Violence Against Women (LRC) will present a basic training on interstate custody issues for attorneys and victim advocates needing to understand the framework of how interstate custody laws fit together. LRC is an OVW Technical Assistance Provider working to improve legal representation for domestic violence survivors in interstate custody cases, offering technical assistance to victim-advocates and attorneys. This session will demonstrate how practitioners can help survivors address the economic, safety and legal issues involved when crossing state lines for safety through the use of case scenarios.

To help us prepare for the webinar please tell us about unique issues you have seen in rural communities when survivors wish to relocate across state or Tribal lines? What would you like addressed? Send thoughts/questions to and thanks!     

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!