The 2020 Request for Proposals is closed!
2021 Requests for Proposals will open Summer 2020!

15th Annual Conference on Crimes Against Women
May 18-21, 2020
Sheraton Dallas Hotel



Average attendee breakdown:
     -Advocacy & counseling: 41%
     -Law enforcement: 38%
     -Legal: 15%
     -Medical 4%

In 2019, CCAW welcomed 2,800 attendees from all 50 states and internationally, including England, Japan, Pakistan, Trinidad & Tobago, Cayman Islands, and Canada.  CCAW is unique in that the majority of our Conference attendees have been in the crimes against women field for several years, and are well-educated on the general dynamics and theories surrounding violence against women.  At CCAW, attendees are looking to learn practical, hands-on techniques in responding to these crimes that they can apply on the job.

The majority of Conference attendees are seeking various forms of accreditation.  We strive to have our sessions approved by as many accreditation providers as possible.  Please see our Accreditation Page for more information.


- There are roughly 200 timeslots to fill. Session lengths vary – see below for details regarding each session type.

- All Conference sessions are breakouts. There will be 2,800+ attendees at CCAW 2020; each room has 100-500 seats available.

- Speakers are required to provide their own laptop and clicker.

90 minutes or 3 hours (Pt. 1 & 2)

Case studies are the most popular sessions at CCAW every year; they provide an invaluable opportunity for attendees to learn from real-life situations. We ask that presenters walk attendees through the entire case, from investigation to prosecution to follow-up, highlighting the main “takeaways”—lessons learned, tips for interdisciplinary collaboration, innovative investigative/prosecutorial strategies, etc.

Case studies must have at least two presenters from different fields (prosecutor, investigator, advocate, and/or survivor). These sessions are most effective when attendees are able to hear the case from multiple perspectives.

In 2020, we sought case studies on the following topics:
-LGBTQ relationships
-Cultural issues (ex. minority victims, strong religious component)
-‘Position of power’ offenders
-Cross-over issues (ex. trafficking + domestic violence + abuse in childhood)

NOTE: Case studies are selected based on learning points for attendees, not level of sensationalism.

View 2019 case studies HERE.


90 minutes or 3 hours (Pt. 1 & 2)

Workshops make up the large majority of the Conference agenda. While they vary largely in scope, all CCAW workshops include:
- Practical strategies and tips for implementing session content
- Real-life examples
- High level of audience interaction
- Time for Q&A at the end of the workshop

Any proposal focused on practical techniques to combat gender-based crimes is encouraged, but for CCAW 2020, we were particularly interested in proposals related to the following topics:
     • Advanced coordinated community response (CCR) practices/tools
     • Best practices in civil and family law related to domestic violence and/or sexual assault
     • Expert-level investigative and prosecution techniques
     • Ethical considerations in human trafficking cases
     • Forensic evidence collection
     • Immigration considerations for law enforcement and prosecutors
     • Innovative clinical approaches to working with survivors
   • Interactive/hands-on workshops for law enforcement
     • Tools to address vicarious trauma, compassion fatigue, and burnout

View 2019 workshops HERE.

90 minutes preferred; 3 hours on case-by-case basis

Attendees have the unique opportunity to practice cutting-edge, technology-based techniques in CCAW’s hands-on computer lab. Attendees follow along with the presenter and practice, in real time, each method of investigation. CCAW provides the computers for this lab, and we will work with each presenter to ensure that the computers are pre-loaded with any needed software, etc.

View 2019 computer labs HERE (note that this list also contains lunch sessions).

45 minutes

Lunch sessions are offered Monday-Wednesday. Attendees will bring their lunch into the room for brief informational sessions and/or networking opportunities. 

Ideal topics for lunch sessions include:
    - Quick refresher on best practices
    - Updates to federal or statewide protocols
    - Any other topic that would not fill a 90-minute workshop

View 2019 lunch sessions HERE. 

Two hours (5:00-7:00pm, Tuesday & Wednesday)

Two free screenings are shown for attendees each year. Only one screening slot is available each evening (Tuesday and Wednesday only). Most screeners choose to show their film or snippets of their film with a short panel of experts afterwards.

CCAW is unable to provide screening fees or honorariums for evening screenings. We are happy to help put together a panel of experts from the speaker pool but are unable to facilitate the discussion; preferably the director or producer of the film will facilitate.

View 2019 evening screenings HERE.


CCAW provides:
- Free admission to CCAW (not including pre-conference)
- Breakfast (Monday-Thursday) and lunch (Monday-Wednesday)

CCAW may be able to provide:
- Transportation costs up to $500
- Lodging
- On-site parking
- Small honorarium (due to a limited budget, less than 10% of speakers will receive payment)

CCAW is unable to provide:
- Per diems
- Airfare baggage fees
- Transportation costs to/from speakers’ home airports


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If you have any issues or questions regarding the proposal process, please contact Megan Baak, Programs Administrator, at