One copy of a number of these resources are provided free to new grantees of the Rural Grant Program of the federal Office on Violence Against Women. Scroll to the bottom of this page for resources available as free downloads. Products available in alternative formats upon request.
*Prices effective January 26, 2012
The Story of Rachel
This dramatic 4-minute training tool depicts the events set in motion by one battered woman' s call to 911: from the criminal court case, to the child protection investigation, to a protection-order petition, to a visitation center visit, to her ultimate eviction. It is a powerful illustration of the complex relationship between battered women and the systems they turn to for help. Now with open/no caption options.
"We used “Rachel’s Story” at a community meeting today. In four minutes, it simply and powerfully conveys what it would take any of us months to do as eloquently!" (Advocacy program)
Essential Skills in Coordinating Your Community Response to Battering:
An E-Learning Course for CCR Coordinators
Item #2a (high speed version)
Item #2b (CD-ROM/low speed version)
An innovative online learning course that you can complete at your own pace teaches you key steps in effective coordination and essential skills in how to: access national resources, talk with battered women to inform your thinking and frame core safety issues, analyze case files, talk with practitioners to benefit from their expertise, and facilitate a constructive interagency meeting. The illustrated 79-page student workbook contains nine chapters, clear and concise directions, and interactive exercises.
This course is available in a high speed internet version or a low speed/dial up (CD-ROM) version.
Note: the CD-ROM version is not compatible with Windows Vista operating system.
Comments from students who have experienced the training:
“Very user friendly.”
“The content was very applicable to my work as a task force coordinator; so easy to navigate.”
“I supervise coordinators in seven counties and [having completed the course] I will require
all of our community coordinator's to do it. It is an excellent building block for us to develop
Praxis Safety & Accountability Audit Tool Kit
*Tool Kit: $250
This toolkit is a critical how-to guide for
communities assessing their institutional responses to violence against women.
Specifically, it details the
process for assessing the criminal justice system response
to domestic violence. The method, commonly referred to as a safety audit,
community assessment, and/or institutional analysis, has been applied to other
institutional processes to improve outcomes for women and children, including
child protection, family court, custody determinations, supervised visitation
and exchange centers, and sexual assault criminal cases, and it has been
adapted to examine disparity in foster care placements for African American
children. Intended for local community use, the guides,
templates, illustrations, and check lists outline the Audit's philosophical
underpinnings, clarify the data collection steps and methodologies, and provide
a knowledge base for a team's work.
offers free assistance to communities interested in using the methods described
in this toolkit. We encourage you to access this assistance frequently
throughout the planning and implementation of your local assessment/audit: Individual phone and email
assistance, monthly webinars, annual training, and additional tools and resources. We also engage
in more intensive, customized assistance through contract with individual
programs/communities using onsite and distance consultation and training. For
more information about assistance available, contact Maren Woods, firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-699-8000, ext. 10.
The Safety and Accountability Audit Informational Video
*or free to any grantee of the Office on Violence Against Women
This 14-minute presentation features a description of the Audit process as well as feedback and testimony from criminal justice practitioners across the U.S. who have been a part of Audits in their communities. To request a free copy, email email@example.com.
Will You Hold My Child...?
*or free to new Rural grantees of the Office on Violence Against Women
This drama production on intervening in domestic violence cases involving children is a tool for grantees to use locally. The package includes a 60-page script, Agency Report Video Slideshow (playable on any computer with CD drive), Agency Reports Audio CD, DVD production guide for actors and directors, and a 61-page discussion guide. You can produce the play yourself, or you can use your OVW training funds to bring Praxis actors to your area. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 218-525-0487 x 252 for more information.
Public Awareness Campaign
it is time to dance...
This public awareness campaign was developed by an inter-tribal group of rural advocacy programs. We brought together our diverse experiences and identities to develop materials that incorporate our thinking, values and beliefs. The campaign is intended to reach Tribal Nations, Alaskan Natives and Native Hawaiians across the United States. We believe the positive message will inspire Native and non-Native alike to create positive responses to ending violence against women.
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our hope (child) – Our children carry the lessons from our ancestors and hopes for our future
our pride (community) – Our community carries the vision of our ancestors and the teachings of our elders
our strength (woman) – She walks with strength and power
our tradition (man) – He walks with truth, integrity and honor
- Written guide on raising awareness and creating community dialogue
- 4 sample posters (each 8.5" x 11")
- CD with camera-ready materials, formatted for PC compatibility and professional printers, to print three sizes of four, color posters
- CD with 4 broadcast quality radio PSAs
Public Awareness Campaign
Take A Stand
This public awareness campaign includes visual and audio aids that can be used as awareness and advocacy tools in your work with rural Black women who are battered. The materials are intended for organizations that are developing or have developed advocacy programs specifically for Black battered women, have specific training for advocates who work with Black battered women, or are working with established Black community organizations.
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Teen Dating Violence: Prevention and Intervention Strategies
This packet includes a DVD and written materials that focus on teen dating violence intervention and prevention strategies. It includes an in-depth interview with Carole Sousa, national expert on teen dating violence. Use it to raise awareness in your community, train new staff and volunteers, enhance your intervention and prevention strategies when advocating for teen victims, youth at risk, and adolescent perpetrators, assist advocates in mentoring and preparing youth to organize for social change, help advocates think through and develop strategies that involve youth in working to change the social climate around violence against young women, help advocates organize youth and community members to change school policies on teen dating violence.
Booklet and CD
Repairing the Harm: How Family & Friends Can Help Battered Mothers and Their Children
This 18-page booklet will help friends and family understand what battered women and children experience when living with a batterer. It provides insights about how responses from friends and family either hurt or help, and will guide friends and family to understand what they can say or do to help repair the harm caused by a battering father or step-father. The information and suggestions come from conversations with women and children who have survived battering and who were willing to share their experiences. Includes a CD with camera-ready art so you can locally duplicate copies of the booklet for public education.
Rural Public Awareness Campaign
It’s hard to know what to do
As people living in diverse rural communities, we share the common value of offering help to neighbors and family members when they face troubles. When the barn is hit by lightning and burns to the ground, as neighbors we all pitch in and help build a new barn. It’s natural to help a neighbor or family member. But when we see how the woman across the way is treated by her husband, or we see the bruises on our auntie’s or sister’s arms, we often don’t do anything or we say very little: It’s hard to know what to do. With this campaign, we hope to encourage all of us—as neighbors and family members—to call a local number to get some information and support for taking action to help any woman who is being abused.
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- Written 68-page guide
- 7 sample flyers
- 7 each of 8 1/2 x 11 and 11 1/2 x 17 posters (English and Spanish)
- Newspaper commentaries
- CD with print materials
- Radio Public Service Announcements
- Broadcast quality TV PSA
- 3 CD series with 8 radio interviews
Organizing Tribal Leadership:
Leading the Change in Your Community
This packet includes materials to assist advocates in organizing tribal leadership around safety for women who are being battered. It provides advocates with strategies and tools to assist in restoring women to their pre-colonization status as sacred and valued leaders, enhance intervention and prevention strategies on behalf of children and women who are being battered, inform your community about the advocacy needs and challenges for victims of battering, and help advocates to work with Tribal leadership and the community to develop strategies to change responses and the social climate around violence against Native women.
- 2 CD audio interviews
- CD resources: articles, handouts and Sacred Circle graphics
- CD PowerPoint presentation
Work Book and Training Package
(In)Visible Workings: A change-agent's guide to closing the gap between what people need and what legal and human service institutions do
The training materials, written by Ellen Pence, Ph.D., are designed to teach readers to recognize, and account for twelve structural features of institutions that adversely affect the people who have been drawn into institutional processes as “cases” to be “managed”. The focus is specifically on the management of domestic abuse related cases but the concepts and issues discussed can be applied to any social issue processed by the legal or human service systems.
This package is designed for people who want to understand these key institutional features in more depth – in particular, trainers who provide assistance to communities attempting to evaluate and enhance their current institutional responses and systems advocates who are ready for a more advanced and personally challenging course. We have assumed that readers have a high degree of training and advocacy expertise and a shared philosophical orientation to the issues relating to community intervention in domestic abuse cases.
This training course includes a 221 page Problematic Features Workbook, a 176 page Supplemental Materials Manual, and three DVD’s.
The Blueprint for Safety
The Blueprint for Safety is a unique document that delineates policies and protocols for all agencies involved in the criminal justice response to domestic violence cases to link them together with the common goals of safety and accountability, creating one cohesive document and method of intervention for a community's criminal justice system.
Institutional Analysis (I.A.): Matching What Institutions Do with What Works for People
This packet contains two articles describing Institutional Analysis (I.A). In The Institutional Analysis: Matching What Institutions Do with What Works for People, Ellen Pence describes to agency leaders the value and process of using I.A. She links her article to a compilation of interviews with people conducting I.A.s as part of their agencies. Three DVD’s and one CD accompany the resource, including an electronic version of Institutional Analysis: Making Changes from Below, written by Dorothy Smith with input from Ellen Pence, focusing on I.A. as a scientific methodology of analyzing institutions as they intersect in the lives of people who are mostly marginalized. Smith describes how I.A. identifies specific practices used by institutions that create gaps between those institutions and the people needing their services.
Advocacy on Behalf of Women Used in Prostitution:
A Handbook for Rural Advocates
This handbook guides experienced battered women's advocates on providing advocacy in rural areas for women who have been prostituted. It helps advocates understand what prostitution looks like in rural areas, what prostituted women need, and how shelters and advocacy programs can best advocate for them. It also directs advocates to additional resources for women.
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At a Crossroads: Developing Duluth's Prosecution Response to
Battered Women Who Fight Back
The Crossroads Program is a program intended for victims of ongoing domestic abuse who are charged with criminal offenses against their partners. It provides participants an opportunity to address violence within the larger context of their victimization. It holds the participants accountable without invoking the full ramifications of the criminal court process.
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From the Ground Up: Strategies for Organizing in Rural Communities
Social change movements are characterized by extreme dedication, commitment and hard work by organizers and workers. This series of interviews and discussion pieces, designed by and for rural grantees, offers insights and strategies to people organizing in rural areas on issues of violence against women. The DVD and discussion guide serves to inspire advocates and community leaders with the innovations used effectively by other seasoned rural organizers.
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Pt 1: Where is Rural? (249 MB)
Pt 2: Starting from Scratch (246 MB)
Pt 3: How Did You Learn to Organize? (350 MB)
Pt 4: Educating Your Community (375 MB)
Pt 5: Being Effective, Being Yourself(401 MB)
Text Analysis as a Tool for a Coordinated Community Response: Keeping Safety for Battered Women and their Children at the Center
All practitioners charged with intervening in
cases of battering are organized by guidelines, report-writing formats,
intake forms, and policies so that they do their jobs with relative
consistency. This guide for coordinated community response (CCR) and
Audit teams will help you identify gaps in safety in your criminal
justice system response to battered women and their children by
analyzing the "text" that institutions rely on for case processing. The
149-page manual includes an array of sample forms, worksheets, and
Guide (1.7 MB) Appendices (7.5 MB)