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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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2014 Community Assessment Institute
Webinar training on general institutional analysis topics
Webinar series on the Domestic Violence Best Practice Assessment Guides

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


April 29-May 2, 2014, Saint Paul, MN
Community Assessment Institute

Drawing from The Praxis Institutional Analysis (also referred to as The Praxis Safety and Accountability Audit), this training teaches the practical methods, skills, and strategies to coordinate and implement an assessment of your community's response to violence against women. The Institutional Analysis is an inter-agency team process that identifies ways to incorporate safety and well-being for survivors and accountability for offenders into the daily routines and practices of workers who intervene in cases involving violence against women. Grounded in the experiences of survivors, this process seeks to 1) identify how problematic interventions and negative systemic outcomes arise, and 2) develop and implement recommendations for long-lasting system reform.

Institute participants will learn how to: 

  • Determine the scope of your assessment given local resources
  • Utilize the basic elements of an assessment in your OVW-funded project and adjust for the politics of your community
  • Analyze different types of text that impact outcomes for victims (reports, forms, policies, recommendations, transcripts, etc.)
  • Conduct effective, engaging and informative interviews with key interveners 
  • Get the most out of an observation of practitioners' work (such as 911 dispatchers, law enforcement officers, etc.)
  • Conduct focus groups to glean insider knowledge and insights
  • Facilitate interagency team meetings and data analysis sessions
  • Draw conclusions from the information collected and translates  it into new policies, procedures, training strategies, resource allocations, supervisory and oversight practices, linkages, and job functions that improve outcomes for victims

Who should attend?

Communities who are interested in learning more and those who are planning to conduct a community assessment or best practice assessment are strongly encouraged to send 2 people to this intensive institute: 1) an individual responsible for coordination of an assessment, and 2) a key member of the interagency team charged with implementing the assessment. Requests to send more than 2 participants per community will be considered only if space is available. Priority will be given to grantees of the Arrest and Rural Programs of the Office on Violence Against Women.


Priority is given to grantees of the Office on Violence Against Women, however all communities are eligible to attend, regardless of OVW-funding status. OVW grantees must receive prior approval from your OVW Program Specialist to attend this institute. There is no registration fee to attend; however, you must pay for your travel-related expenses, which, for OVW grantees, can be covered with your set-aside training funds. 

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When we receive your registration, we will send you preliminary confirmation that indicates we are holding a space for you at this event. However, DO NOT make any travel arrangements until you receive a second confirmation that will include complete travel, meeting, and hotel details. At that time, you can make and pay for your travel and hotel arrangements. Your OVW set-aside training funds cover all allowable travel expenses.

What past participants have said about the institute:
  • I'm excited about all the ways we might apply this assessment/these tools in our community
  • the hands on exercises were great in understanding the application of the analysis process and 
  • the array of presenters was awesome as they brought their expertise and experience to share
  • the training incorporated theory, framework, instruction, demonstration, application, and process; very informative

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

Webinar connection and call-in information will be sent with registration confirmation. If you do not receive confirmation withing a few minutes of registering, check your Spam folder. Contact if you need assistance.

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

2nd Wednesdays of each month. All sessions are from 2:00 - 3:15 pm Central Time.

June 11, 2014
Learning from Survivors: Focus Groups and Other Tools
Olga Trujillo, Olga Trujillo Consulting

Focus groups, group interviews, talking circles, etc. allow an opportunity for us to learn from the first hand experiences real people have with the systems we seek to change. They also provide for an opportunity for survivors to give back to their community, to provide their insights, experiences, and suggestions to advocates, law enforcement, prosecutors, and others who come in contact with survivors of violence against women. Careful, thoughtful preparation, facilitation, and analysis are keys to honoring the contributions survivors make to our community assessment process. This webinar will offer concrete strategies and tools to support successful implementation of focus groups. 

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October 8, 2014
Top 10 Tips for Conducting Interviews and Observations
Sarah Morrison, Center for the Study of Social Policy

A community assessment process is rooted in the first-hand experiences of real people’s lives – including that of the front line workers whose actions directly impact public safety. Interviewing practitioners about their day to day work is just as important as is actually observing them engaged in it. To observe without interviewing means we risk making up the meaning of what we see; to interview without observing means we miss the actual work that people do. This webinar will provide you with concrete tips to prepare for and implement meaningful interviews and observations as part of your fuller community assessment. 

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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. 

Part 1: July 9, 2014
The Critical Starting Point: Best Practices in 911
Key steps in the criminal justice system’s response to battering rely on accurate details and descriptions of the scene from 911 call takers and/or dispatchers. Responding patrol officers rely on 911 for information about the incident and elements of potential danger to themselves and those at the scene. If certain types of information are gathered and documented during the 911 call, prosecutors can make charging decisions that best support victim safety and offender accountability. Join us for this webinar training to learn more about current best practices and how to assess and improve your community’s 911 responses to battering. 

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Part 2: August 13, 2014
Building the Case: Best Practices in Patrol & Investigation
Initial police patrol response and investigations build the case and directly impact case disposition. From collecting basic evidence to predominant aggressor determinations to specific questions related to risk and danger, the Domestic Violence Best Practice Assessment Guides detail best practices in both police patrol response and investigations. Join us for this webinar training to learn more about current best practices and how to assess and improve your community’s patrol and investigation responses to battering. 

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Part 3: September 10, 2014
Presenting the Case: Best Practices in Prosecution Charging Decisions
From a careful evaluation of the history, context, and severity of violence to forfeiture for wrongdoing determinations to guidelines for victim engagement, the Domestic Violence Best Practice Assessment Guides detail best practices in prosecution charging decisions in cases involving battering. Join us for this webinar training to learn more about current best practices and how to assess and improve your community’s prosecution responses to battering.

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