This 2.5 day conference for OVW funded law enforcement, prosecutors and advocates will provide a space to: 1) examine how biases can impede identification of the appropriate assailant, thorough reporting and investigation, and effective consistent prosecution, 2) develop policies and practices that support an agency culture that centers victims and 3) share promising practices that have led to culture change within agencies and communities.


As a result of this conference, participants will be better able to:

1) Recognize and address biases, assumptions and stereotypes about victims.
2) Develop approaches to victims that centralize their experiences.
3) Employ trauma informed interviewing tactics.
4) Investigate and classify all complaints of domestic and sexual violence thoroughly.
5) Utilize research data to improve both their own and their agency’s response to domestic and sexual violence.
6) Hold officers who commit domestic and sexual violence accountable.
7) Implement a consistent and intentional process that identifies and prevents gender bias.

Who Should Attend: Law enforcement officers, advocates and prosecutors. This conference is now open to all OVW grantees and 10 non-OVW grantees and partners!


Registration has been extended until February 12th; hotel reservations must also be made by February 12th.

  • OVW ICJR (formerly ARREST) grantees: You MUST enter your OVW-issued grant number when registering for this training. Register via the blue button "Register Now."
  • ALL OTHER OVW Grantees: You MUST enter 2010-WEAX-1933 when registering for this training. Register via the blue button "Register Now."
  • Non-OVW grantees and partners: You MUST register manually by downloading and filling out the form on the right side of this page under the Draft Agenda. Only 10 slots are available for this group. Return form by Friday, February 10 to Jeanne Larson by email or fax 612-824-8965. Do NOT make travel plans until you receive a confirmation in your email from Jeanne Larson.

There is no registration fee to attend this training. Participants are responsible for their own airfare, meals and lodging. Lodging expenses are at the Government Per Diem rate of $91.00 for single/double occupancy, plus 13% tax, per room, per night ($102.83). Hotel information and how to make a reservation is included in your confirmation once you register.

The conference ends at 1:00 on Wednesday. Please plan to attend the entire conference. Attendance will be taken at all sessions and workshops.


You will receive a confirmation upon completion of your registration to the email address you submit on your registration form. This confirmation includes instructions and deadlines for making your hotel reservations. If you do NOT receive this confirmation, first check your junk mail! If you still don't see it, please contact Sharonna Lee ( and she will ensure you are registered and will send you a copy of the confirmation. Thank you!


For questions about registration, please contact Sharonna Lee at: 612 824-8768 x111,

For questions related to the content of the training, please contact Sujata Warrier at: 612-824-8768 x116,     

For questions related to conference logistics or OVW grants, please contact Jeanne Larson at: 612-824-8768 x101,