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2021 International Conference on Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Trauma and Resilience

Boston, MA

April 6-8, 2021

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Proposals must be received no later than Friday, May 1, 2020 to be considered. However, we strongly suggest submitting your proposal before the deadline, because we review them on a rolling basis.

All presentation proposals will be reviewed, and decisions emailed no later than August 3, 2020.

For our 2021 conference, we’re reaching beyond the status quo to address pressing questions facing our field. We’re looking for solutions and innovations, solidly based in research and practice. For example:

What advances in trauma-informed responses are making a difference?
What practices and interventions bolster resiliency and help survivors heal?
How can we ensure the criminal justice system works for everyone — communities of color, LGBTQ communities, people with disabilities, and others?

This is your opportunity to spread the word about how your community is changing the way we respond to gender-based violence.

General Mission

Proposals must generally fit with the mission of the conference, which is to:

  • Improve responses to victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, stalking, human trafficking, elder abuse, and other gender-based crimes
  • Enhance collaboration among criminal justice and community professionals through a multidisciplinary approach
  • Improve the investigation and prosecution of those who perpetrate gender-based violence
  • Promote effective prevention and risk reduction programs

Sample Topics

Within that framework, the possibilities are limitless. Here are examples of potential topics:

  • Vicarious trauma for investigators and others working sex crimes, child abuse, intimate partner violence, etc.
  • Wellness programs to increase resilience among responding professionals
  • Reducing gender bias in policing
  • Responding to the interconnections between the opioid crisis and interpersonal violence
  • Addressing violence against women in American Indian/Alaska Native communities
  • Improving system responses for immigrant victims
  • Reducing domestic violence homicides through innovative interventions
  • Groundbreaking bail reforms and risk assessments for offenders
  • Meeting the needs of older victims of domestic violence and sexual assault
  • New strategies for using State VAWA or VOCA funding to reach underserved communities
  • Pioneering use of technology to improve criminal justice responses
  • Engaging men and boys in addressing violence against women
  • Responding to violence against women in rural, isolated, or other challenging areas
  • New research, evaluation, and data collection to fuel advances in practice
  • Creative expansion of reporting options for sexual assault victims
  • Serving youth victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, or stalking
  • Illuminating case studies that teach and inspire
  • Creating trauma-informed workplaces for staff and volunteers

Selection Criteria

Proposals will be selected based on the following criteria:

  • Concrete and innovative recommendations for best practices
  • Quality and clarity of written materials
  • Relevance to the field and multiple disciplines
  • Timeliness with respect to current and emerging issues in the field
  • Practical and empirical basis, bridging research and practice


Priority consideration may be given to presenters who are able to pay some of their own travel expenses using grant funding, agency support, or personal funds. If your proposal is selected, EVAWI may pay for some or all of the following expenses:

  • Conference registration
  • Travel expenses
  • Hotel accommodations (the night before and the night of your presentation)

No honorarium or speaker fee will be paid to conference presenters.

Submission Requirements

You may submit more than one proposal, showcasing multiple examples of how your work is changing lives — but make sure each proposal includes all the requested information. Incomplete proposals will not be considered.

Limit of 2 Presenters

EVAWI generally limits workshops to two presenters. This ensures that speakers have enough presentation time, and it also helps reduce expenses. We may make an exception if the applicant can cover registration fees and travel expenses for additional speakers. To request an exception, please contact Janelle Buckley at janelle@evawintl.org.

Questions? Email proposals@evawintl.org or call (509) 684-9800.

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