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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.

Points of view in this website are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.

About 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 123 rural organizations across 34 states, 2 U.S. territories, and 27 Native communities.

Rural grantees are all working to implement strategies to protect battered 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 focus on extremely remote areas, some on 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.

About the Praxis Rural Technical Assistance Project
Rural domestic violence 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. In 2007, for the first time, OVW also funded rural grantees to focus on sexual assault.

Our three main focus areas are:

Coordinated Community Response (CCR) and Advocacy
We recognize that successful systematic reform requires a multi-agency coordinated effort. Our trainings teach both the content and process of change so that grantees can go back to their communities and apply the information they learned.

Children of Battered Women
Our trainings address how communities respond to children of women who are being battered. Children are often drawn into the violence of an abuser in many ways and are used to maintain further control of a victim – typically a mother’s child. Our emphasis is to help communities to create and strengthen strategies that will enhance the mother-child relationship through a variety of efforts.

Public Education and Training
Our goal is to help grantees with their local training, public awareness and community education activities. We offer training and materials on training local practitioners, and we develop rural public awareness campaigns and materials.

About 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, and stalking. Through grantee programs, the Office supports a wide range of services for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking, including: advocacy, emergency shelter, law enforcement protection, and legal aid.

Office on Violence Against Women Website Link to Home page

About 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 battered women and their children.

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