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Comments from past trainings:

"A lot of new information and insight was provided on the topic by individuals who are specifically studying and testing the issues."


"Coming into this training, I knew very little about system/institutional advocacy. This training is going to be very beneficial to me in the future when I am participating in more of these community response settings".
"Wonderful! Words cannot say how much I needed this training in my job as advocate/caseworker
and CCR team member. It's what I need to know in rural-country."

"The training was interactive, educational and I am walking away with a whole new outlook and concepts and am excited about implementing these procedures in my rural community."
"Getting information from an expert in the field, from the convenience of my office, in a rural setting, is a fantastic resource."
"I loved it!! Excellent information! Very engaging, thoughtful (and challenging) issues. The presentation covered the  complexity of a Coordinated Community Response and the multiple variables that need to be considered."
"I am always amazed to learn of the wealth of resources available. We tend to get isolated in our own communities, so being exposed to national resources periodically is great." 
"I truly liked the involvement of this training. It helped me to think of how to be the best advocate I can be."
"I really wish this was part of the domestic violence training for all advocates--it's a very important piece. I have been attending DV trainings for 20+ years....this was the best."
"This was hands-down the best training I have attended. There was so much useful, practical information put forth. It was a paradigm shift in my thinking about battering. Thanks so much!"

Rural Technical Assistance on Violence Against Women

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.


Rural scene of a field and long wooden fenceAbout Rural Grantees

You are a rural grantee if your community gets grant funds from the Rural Program of the federal Office on Violence Against Women (OVW). Praxis provides technical assistance to those rural grantees; we currently work with 136 rural organizations across 39 states, and 19 Native communities.

Rural grantees are working to implement strategies to protect women and their children who live in diverse locations such as small towns, migrant camps, pueblos, reservations, ranches, mining areas, fishing villages,
and farming communities. Some grantees operate in extremely remote areas, some in rural cities, and others are implementing regional or statewide projects. Grantees are a mix of nonprofit advocacy programs, tribal and state governments, law enforcement and prosecution agencies, child protection and other social service agencies, and statewide coalitions and organizations. Projects have been funded to develop or implement advocacy programs, safe shelters, criminal/civil justice coordinated community responses, advocacy and child protection collaborations, public awareness/prevention activities, law enforcement and prosecution projects, and programs that reach specific communities. 


Five women laughingAbout the Praxis Rural Technical
Assistance Project

Rural domestic violence and sexual assault advocates and practitioners face geographic, political, and philosophical isolation in their work to end violence against women. Few trainings and resources about rural problems and strategies have been developed. Praxis organized the Rural Technical Assistance Project to help reduce the sense of isolation by providing peer-to-peer discussion, training and resources that focus on successful rural strategies.


Department of Justice logoAbout the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW)

The Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice, was created in 1995 to implement the 1994 Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and to lead the national effort to stop domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking. Through grantee programs, the Office supports a wide range of services for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking, including: advocacy, emergency shelter, law enforcement protection, and legal aid.

Office on Violence Against Women


Department of Justice logoAbout the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)

Congress passed the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) with bipartisan support in 1994. This important piece of legislation contains a broad array of groundbreaking measures to combat violence against women. It combines tough penalties with programs to rehabilitate offenders and also provides assistance to women and their children.

VAWA was developed by community groups and activists who had been working for many years to provide assistance to the millions of women and children living with and surviving physical, sexual, and emotional abuse in their homes. Passage of the Act was an historic event; it was the first national or international piece of legislation to attempt and fund such a comprehensive range of legal and human service measures that address the issue of violence against women and their children.

VAWA link


This project is supported by Grant #2004-WT-AX-K061 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions and recommendations expressed during this presentation are those of the presenter(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. Department of Justice.

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