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Rural Training

Welcome, rural grantees! Since 1998, Praxis has been providing training, technical assistance (TA) and networking opportunities to rural communities funded by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.

Approved training! Rural grantees may use their OVW set-aside training funds to cover travel expenses to attend all training listed here and do not need to get approval from their OVW program specialist. No registration fee.

Quick links: 
Rural Routes to Change-webinar networking
Building Blocks-webinar training
Grantee Roundtables

Next session:

May 20, 2015
Key Considerations for Serving Deaf Survivors of Domestic & Sexual Violence: New VERA resource
Nancy Smith, VERA and Erin Esposito, Advocacy Services for Abused Deaf Victims

Recent research suggests that Deaf women experience higher rates of domestic and sexual violence than their hearing counterparts, yet few services exist that are specifically tailored to the Deaf community's unique needs. As a result, Deaf survivors are often shut off from services and supports that could help them safely flee from abuse, heal from trauma, and seek justice after they have been harmed.

In Culture, Language, and Access: Key Considerations for Serving Deaf Survivors of Domestic and Sexual Violence, the Vera Institute of Justice's (Vera) Center on Victimization and Safety (CVS) raises awareness of the Deaf community--a distinct cultural and linguistic group--and offers practical suggestions for expanding and enhancing Deaf survivors' access to victim services and other supports. Join us to consider:
The basics of knowing Deaf communities and culture,
Risk of abuse among Deaf people,
Challenges and solutions for reporting, and
Resources to support/enhance your advocacy.


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. Please contact if you do not receive registration confirmation. 

All calls take place the third Wednesday of each month from 2 - 3:15pm Central Time. 

June 17
Risk and Danger: Incorporating attention to battering throughout the Criminal Justice System
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Facilitated by Rose Thelen, Praxis TAP and expert on rural coordinated community responses, Rural Routes to Change feature guests working to implement key CCR strategies in rural communities to share their current experiences

Watch for next session to be posted soon!

critical-thinking and problem-solving events with a small group of rural advocates, practitioners,
 Praxis staff and a national expert.

June 24 & 25, 2015
Our Source of Strength

Bloomington, MN

A rural grantee roundtable to learn together how to engage and organize survivors and community to shift attitudes, behaviors, and beliefs that contribute to violence against women.

With Jill Abernathey, Praxis Consultant; and Praxis staff: Sandy Davidson, Program Manager, Advocacy Learning Center; Diane Docis, Program and Training Specialist, Advocacy Learning Center; and Maren Woods, Program Manager, Rural TA Project

A slower pace and honoring tradition are common values across rural communities. Long-held traditions can sustain a community and bring people together for the good of the community, particularly in times of adversity. Yet, long-held social norms and beliefs that tolerate violence against women can make rural communities slower to acknowledge or confront that violence.

Rural advocates have few opportunities to come together with their peers across the country to share information and learn strategies to address common issues. Participants of this roundtable will learn about and share strategies to overcome religious, political, and cultural conservatism and work to change community, social, and cultural norms in rural communities. This event seeks to inspire and excite advocates about the role of community advocacy to end violence against women/survivors. Participants will share strategies for how to engage survivors and community members to engage in collective action that leads to social change in rural communities.

Participants of this roundtable will be better able to: 
  • Think critically about how community advocacy can shift social norms 
  • Assess and strengthen advocacy to engage survivors and community
  • Employ public awareness and education strategies to support change
  • Apply principles and skills of community advocacy to local work
Register now
Publicity and fax registration

Contact Janice Wick for more information:, 218-525-0487, x 251

Upcoming training INSTITUTE
Large groups of grantees and national experts gather for training on a range of topics.

Watch for upcoming institutes!

Contact Janice Wick for more information:, 218-525-0487, x251

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