“A world without violence is a world in which women’s lives can be free of fear and where women and girls can be safe in their own homes and communities. A world where there is no room for hostility to women’s testimony of violence in police stations or courtrooms. A world in which women and girls are free to fulfill their potential as equal and capable citizens. A world in which violence against women is unacceptable is a better world for all.” ~Marta (Spain)

Members of the GRW staff have been working in the violence against women field for decades and are tireless in their efforts to ensure that our network of partners has consistent access to the current best practices and developments happening across the globe on bettering responses to violence against women. With this in mind, GRW works with numerous individuals, groups, and organizations to bring about legal reforms and systems change. Our partnerships take various forms; some are more formalized through contracts or grants, while others are less formal collaborations with nongovernmental organizations, government and US Embassy contacts, or local partners and experts on violence against women.

Within this context, GRW works with international and domestic partners, most often NGOs, to provide an array of customized trainings on bettering responses to violence against women and girls. We offer multi-disciplinary trainings relevant to the controlling legal framework for law enforcement, legal professionals, government representatives, NGOs, and more, that are adapted to both the local and global context that fosters the pandemic of violence against women. All trainings are grounded in local advocacy and the lived experiences of women and girls in those countries.


Samples of past and current partnerships


GRW has worked with women’s advocates in Armenia to explore strategies for more effective advocacy on women’s human rights and the country’s draft domestic violence law. In 2015, GRW presented a workshop aimed at building the capacity of local advocates and stakeholders to garner public support for the proposed draft domestic violence law. Although advocates have promoted a draft law on domestic violence for many years, as of June 2017, Armenia is one of the few remaining countries in the Eastern Europe/Former Soviet Union region that has not passed this type of legislation. In April 2017, five delegates from Armenia including legal professionals and civil society advocates participated in GRW’s Minnesota based CCR training on the importance of inter-agency collaboration in the community response to violence against women.


GRW traveled to Morocco in March 2015 to lead a three-day training on evaluating agency responses to violence against women and best practices. It was hosted by the Rabat-based NGO, Mobilizing for Rights Associates, and attended by local NGO leaders. GRW has an ongoing relationship with MRA, punctuated by a long-term vision for establishing a monitoring report that will explore the accessibility of the legal system by victims of domestic and sexual violence. MRA’s founding partner was also an expert panelist for GRW’s 2016 summer event, which addressed violence against women in Muslim-Majority countries.

United Nations

GRW works with the United Nations in a variety of capacities. Most recently, GRW submitted position papers to the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) and the Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women, its causes and consequences, on issues of great significance to GRW and its partners. Read GRW’s full submission here, and for information on GRW’s previous work with the United Nations, click here.

Contact Amy Lauricella, staff attorney, for more information on establishing a partnership with GRW: alauricella@grwomen.org.

Samples of past and current trainings

Coordinated Community Response

Coordinated community response (CCR) is a method of implementing laws and policies that prioritizes victim safety and offender accountability for violence against women within a social change framework. CCR guides communities to build systems interventions that respond effectively to victims’ actual experiences.

GRW offers a variety of training initiatives related to CCR. We offer curricula that can be adapted and delivered by GRW experts in partner countries, recently piloted in Estonia and Slovakia. GRW has prepared a training of trainers CCR curriculum for adaptation to any country cultural and legal context, that can then be redelivered by in-country trainers as often as necessary.

GRW also offers Minnesota-based CCR workshops where we partner with organizations to provide international participants firsthand experience of domestic violence CCR, generally known as “The Duluth Model.” Through our Minnesota-workshops, we provide an extraordinary opportunity for country teams — which can consist of NGO advocates, law enforcement officers, legal professionals, and/or policymakers — to learn how communities in Minnesota are implementing laws and policies that address domestic violence through CCR. We show how Minnesota justice system actors work together to:

  • Create policies and procedures for collaboration and communication
  • Identify individual agency responsibilities for responding effectively to domestic violence
  • Keep victims safer and their needs more effectively understood and met
  • Hold offenders accountable for abuse, which often result in reduction of re-offense rates

Through feedback, we hear from GRW CCR participants that they return to their countries with a renewed sense of purpose and deeper understanding of how to implement domestic violence laws through a CCR in their communities. 

Our international delegation visited with the city of St Paul Blueprint for Safety Team today for the CCR Workshop.

Sexual Violence

GRW has been working to build capacity among legal system actors in the Republic of Moldova on an ongoing basis since 2015. Through our partnership with La Strada Moldova, GRW has undertaken an ambitious timeline of trainings and study visits for legal practitioners in Moldova to enhance their knowledge about sexual violence response best practices and international law. As a part the project, GRW carried out a three-day training in Chișinău in December 2015 for stakeholders. Building upon that initial training, GRW hosted a delegation of 10 practitioners at a workshop in Minnesota in February 2017. GRW will return to Moldova in June 2017 to work with a group of 17 Moldovan trainers to deliver a sexual violence response best practices curriculum tailored to the needs of the country’s legal practitioners.


Moldova has seen promising developments in the last decade with its laws relating to domestic violence and trafficking. In collaboration with Women’s Law Center (WLC), GRW prepared a domestic violence/trafficking court monitoring methodology to gather relevant information for how the justice system is implementing its domestic violence and trafficking laws. GRW trained a group of 12 individuals on the nuances of court monitoring and will assist WLC in analyzing their findings in a final report. 

Contact Melissa Scaia, International Training Director, for more information about GRW’s customized trainings: mscaia@grwomen.org.

Romanian court monitoring participants.












Impact Reports

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