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We offer a number of ways for grantees to connect with experts in the field, to learn from each other, and to be exposed to some of the best materials in the field of domestic violence intervention. Check this page frequently for information related to upcoming events.

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2015 Community Assessment Institute
Webinar training on general institutional analysis topics
Webinar series on the Domestic Violence Best Practice Assessment Guides

Receive quality training on institutional analysis and community assessments over the internet.

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Long distance charges to participate can be paid with OVW set-aside training funds.

1st Tuesday of each month. All sessions are from 2:00 - 3:15 pm Central Time.

October 6
Using Community Assessment in Tribal Communities

In early 2013, the United Southeastern Tribes (USET) received a grant to conduct Safety and Accountability Audits of the community response to domestic violence in two affiliated tribes: the Eastern Band of Cherokee in Cherokee, North Carolina and the Jena Band of Choctaw in Jena, Louisiana. Because of the small size of the tribe and the lack of a formal institutional response to domestic violence, the Jena Band of Choctaw Audit Team decided to center their assessment process on the tribal members as the institution, examining the tribe’s attitudes toward domestic violence and existing effective sources of help for individuals affected by this violence. This webinar will highlight the key strategies the Jena Band of Choctaw Audit Team employed for conducting a Safety and Accountability Audit in the very close knit Tribal community.

Facilitated by: Maren Woods, Praxis Program Manager
Presenters: Denise Eng, Praxis Program Manager and Jeremy NeVilles-Sorell, Mending the Sacred Hoop

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After over 30+ years of organizing, assessing, monitoring, and researching 911 through prosecution response to cases involving battering, we know a lot about what works and what does not work to help keep victims safe and to hold offenders accountable. The tools outlined in the Domestic Violence Best Practice Assessment Guides distill this accumulated knowledge into specific guidelines for practice for 911 responses through prosecution charging decisions. Join us for one or all parts in this series. 

Assessing for Core Practices in Criminal Justice System Response to Domestic Violence

August 4
Part 2: The Official Record of Violence: Strategies for Case File Review

A key activity detailed in the Domestic Violence Best Practice Assessment Guides is policy and case file review. Case files are a central organizing feature of any agency’s intervention in people’s lives: forms, reports, records, etc. become the permanent record of the actual lived experience. As such, review of case files is a crucial component of any assessment of an agency’s response to violence against women. However, locating text, securing agreements, addressing confidentiality issues, can sometimes pose obstacles for communities interested in engaging in the Best Practice Assessment process. This webinar will cover strategies that communities have employed and tools available for paving the path to successful case file access and review.

Facilitated by: Olga Trujillo, Praxis Senior Program and Training Manager
Presenters: Rhonda Martinson and Casey McGee, Praxis consultants

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September 1
Part 3: Using the BPA Guides to Analyze Prosecution Response to Battering

The Domestic Violence Best Practice Assessment Guides outline a process that creates a to-do list of system reform. At the same time, working relationships are enhanced, team members explore in-depth what one agency needs from another, and an inter-agency process is learned that can be used to assess any point of intervention. This webinar will feature the successful application of the best practice assessment in a suburban jurisdiction with a long-standing coordinated community responses (CCRs).

Facilitated by: Olga Trujillo, Senior Program and Training Specialist, Praxis International
Presenters: Wynn Curtiss, Prosecutor and Judi Nelson, Sojourner Project

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4-day annual training institutes for local teams to be immersed in the full range of tools and methods involved in community assessments as outlined by the Praxis Safety and Accountability Audit 

Stay tuned for future sessions!

Contact Maren to learn more: 651-699-8000, x10 with questions about how to incorporate this process into your next OVW grant application.

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