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Comments from past trainings:

My challenge has always been how to make a small statewide program with limited resources truly statewide. I now have some ideas from which to build a strategic plan thanks to Praxis!
I feel privileged to spend time with these incredible leaders in the movement.
Encouraged me to expand our focus on the aging population and develop better services and greater awareness for programs that serve the elderly.
[The conference] Encouraged me to actively educate myself and not sit back and wait for someone else to act. I will bring Native women's stories into my heart.
Challenged [me] to think a little deeper about survivor experiences and how we as advocates share victim/survivor experiences, especially with systems.
So nice to have discussion at "advanced" level and challenge my thinking.
I learned about how to identify and address issues identified by victims in a more structured and systematic way. 
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!
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.
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.
Processes of accessing services for Latina culture and the true barriers that exist. The importance of having an interpretation plan in place.


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. 

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The FY16 Rural Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence and Stalking Solicitation has now been posted and is available at:

Deadline for applications is on or before 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on February 1, 2016. 

Letters of Registrations are due on or before January 19, 2016. Letters of Registration are not mandatory; however assist the Rural Unit in planning for the Peer Review Process. Information regarding the Letters of Registrations may be found on page 10 of the Solicitation.

Information on other open solicitations in the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) can be found at:

You will find a link on this webpage when you may register for future email updates from OVW.

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 more than 100 rural organizations across the country including tribes and territories.

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. 

Read more about rural grantees and their successes and challenges in addressing violence against women in our recent rural TA needs assessment: 

Enhancing Technical Assistance to Rural Program Grantees Responding to Violence Against Women: A Report to the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice

Prepared by Praxis International: Maren Woods, Praxis International, Melanie Shepard, Ph.D., Consultant, Lucy Pope, Ph.D., Consultant; with contributions by Jane Sadusky, Consultant; and Julie Tilley and Janice Wick, Praxis International

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 #2015-TA-AX-K057 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions and recommendations expressed on this website are those of the author/presenter(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. Department of Justice.

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