Criminal Justice Division’s Office of the Governor of The State of Texas Awards Scholarship to Attend Conference on Crimes Against Women

DALLAS – The Criminal Justice Division’s Office of the Governor of Texas is providing $100,000 in scholarship funding allowing Texas law enforcement, prosecutors, and victim advocates from rural communities across the state admission to the highest quality workshops, computer labs, and case studies at the 13th annual Conference on Crimes Against Women.

This scholarship provides access to critical training for communities who would otherwise be unable to attend due to increasing budget constraints that rural agencies face.

Presented by Genesis Women’s Shelter and Support and the Dallas Police Department, the Conference on Crimes Against Women (CCAW) is a national clearinghouse for training and best practices regarding the identification, investigation, and prosecution of all types of violent crimes against women, including domestic and dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, and human trafficking.

The 2017 conference welcomed over 2,200 attendees from all 50 states.

Hosted in Dallas, Texas, the 2018 conference will be held April 16th through 19th.

Hundreds of professionals from rural and underserved Texas communities who work with female victims of crime have been able to attend CCAW as a result of the Criminal Justice Division’s Office of the Governor of Texas’ scholarships, including the Jim Wells County Constable’s Office.

Because scholarship proceeds cover registration, travel, and hotel costs, teams are able to attend the conference and then return to their departments with newfound knowledge of how to combat the many and varied forms of crimes against women. The conference promotes strategies that improve public safety and support victims of crime across the nation.

Classes are taught at CCAW with the intention of not only educating attendees, but also equipping them with the necessary tools to convey information to their departments and colleagues, thereby systematically improving agencies and increasing collective skill and competency levels. Ultimately, this training facilitates improvement of policies, practices, strategies, and collaborative responses to all crimes against women.

More than one in three Texas women will experience abuse during her lifetime. CCAW serves the overwhelming number of victims impacted each year by sexual assault, domestic violence, stalking and human trafficking, not only in Texas also but across North America and beyond.

The conference information focuses exclusively on women and girls who come from all ethnicities, cultures, and socioeconomic backgrounds. Due to tremendous safety implications, the often-repeated trauma that victims have suffered, and the intimate, private nature of these crimes, victims require the highest level of sensitive and skilled assistance by every professional that comes into contact with them. 

CCAW simultaneously addresses traditionally underserved women and girls—indigent, tribal, minorities, the disabled, and those who face other unique barriers to safety and self-sufficiency—who require an added layer of understanding of the multitude of challenges that they face on their road to physical and emotional safety and wellbeing.