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Our Work

Our team has decades of experience in legal and systemic reform initiatives to end gender based violence.  We offer assessments of inter-agency responses to violence against women, monitoring, research, review of laws and training of advocates, law enforcement, legal professionals, governments and NGOs.

Each project is customized to both the local and global context of violence against women. Our work is grounded in research and tested strategies from around the world.

Global Rights for Women understands that multiple forms and systems of oppression affect women and girls ability to be free from violence. All training is grounded in the lived experience of survivors, and we use focus groups and interviews to engage survivors in identifying gaps in the system response to violence against women and girls. 

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.


Customized Training & Other Services

Global Rights for Women partners with organizations to provide international, national and local training to show how justice system actors can work together to:

  • Create policies and procedures for collaboration and communication
  • Identify 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

Contact Melissa Scaia, International Training Director, for more information about Global Rights for Women’s customized trainings:

Coordinated Community Response

The development of effective interventions in cases of violence against women and girls requires a Coordinated Community Response (CCR): the coordination of law enforcement, prosecutors, probation officers, victim advocates, social workers, health care providers and others.

Through consultation and training, we build capacity to implement a CCR, so that victims’ equality and safety is centered in each agency’s policies and practice, and community authorities are communicating effectively about these goals.  Read about our work doing CCR Training in Latin America.

Safety and Justice Reform

A Safety and Justice Reform (SJR) process is a way of analyzing how institutions and systems work, and how the goals of safety for domestic violence victims and accountability for offenders are incorporated into the daily routines and practices of criminal justice agency workers. The purpose of a Safety and Justice Reform process is to identify gaps in achieving safety for victims and accountability for offenders.  Read about our work doing Safety and Justice Reform in Eastern Europe.

Fatality Review

The goal of Fatality Review is to prevent femicide by improving a community’s response to gender based violence. A Fatality Review team is an interdisciplinary group of local legal and community actors that meets regularly to assess specific femicides in order to develop recommendations for changes to policies, protocols, practices, resource allocation, and coordination to reduce and eliminate violence against women and resulting fatalities.  Read about our work addressing deadly gender-based violence globally.


Law Review

Global Rights for Women reviews laws that address violence against women and girls.  At the request of our partners, we identify gaps and strengths in the language of the laws.  The review includes recommendations for changes that will lead to an improved systemic response to this violence.  We draw on successes and lessons learned from around the world and offer detailed commentary and background on recommended legal language.  Read about our work in Ethiopia and Gabon.

Pathways to Family Peace

Global Rights for Women has expanded its work to incorporate Pathways to Family Peace–a program aimed at achieving transformational change for male domestic violence offenders. Pathways to Family Peace uses the Duluth Model of abuse intervention, which identifies common coercive control tactics used in intimate partner violence to create the curricula for changing behavior.  Because sessions are held virtually, it makes it easier for men from any location to attend a court-ordered class.

An important aspect of Pathways to Family Peace, and the work of Global Rights for Women, is that it is based on a victim-centered approach to solving the problems of domestic violence and creating systemic reform. Read about our work doing men’s nonviolence programs.

Our Vision

Global Rights for Women envisions a world where women and girls live free from gender-based violence, attain equal rights, and reach their full potential as human beings.

We will achieve our vision by building international and local partnerships committed to human rights, justice and equality, advancing laws, values and practices to create communities where all women and girls live free from violence.

Our vision will be realized when survivors of violence are acknowledged and believed, perpetrators are held accountable, and communities no longer accept violence against women and girls.

Impact Reports

Developing Offender Risk-Assesment

Sexual Violence Response Best Practices

Coordinated Community Response Workshop
Minnesota, USA

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