17th Annual Conference on Crimes Against Women
May 23-26, 2022
Sheraton Dallas Hotel

The goal of the Conference on Crimes Against Women is to provide practical instruction, strategies, and tools to professionals responsible for combating the many and varied forms of crimes against women. 

Since 2005, CCAW has trained over 19,000 law enforcement officers, prosecutors, advocates, judges, tribal leaders, medical professionals, probation and parole officers, campus administrators, and others on best practices for responding to crimes against women.    

We are anticipating over 2,750 attendees in 2022 to come from across North America and internationally to hear from the nation’s leading experts on domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, cybercrimes, stalking, culturally specific issues, investigation technology, and more. 

For 2022, CCAW is excited to host the Conference back in Dallas, Texas at the Sheraton Hotel.  Attendees will acquire cutting-edge knowledge as well as pragmatic strategies and methods for job applicability.  

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. 


Our 2021 CCAW yielded approximately 2,750+ attendees. Due to the high response to our Virtual Conference and the anticipation of meeting back in-person, we foresee an even higher number of attendees for CCAW 2022. 

– There are roughly 200 timeslots to fill. Session lengths vary.
– All Conference sessions are breakouts. 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. 

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


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 encouragedIn addition, we are seeking the following topics for 2022:  

  • Advanced coordinated community response (CCR) practices/tools
  • Best practices in civil and family law related to domestic violence and/or sexual assault 
  • Community engagement (as it relates to policing, resources, advocacy; multi-faceted collaboration to help alleviate  LE and CJS heavy lifting) 
  • Corrections (criminal justice system decision-making as it relates to policy, liaison best practices, advocacy approaches, legal navigation strategies, etc.) 
  • Expert-level investigative and prosecution techniques 
  • Familial trafficking 
  • Financial abuse (especially with a digital/technological focus)  
  • Immigration considerations for law enforcement and prosecutors 
  • Interactive/hands-on workshops for law enforcement 
  • Judicial considerations in coercive control, domestic violence, protective order/bond violation, sexual assault, and human trafficking cases 
  • Tools to address vicarious trauma, compassion fatigue, and burnout 
  • Intersectionality and generational trauma considerations  
  • Issues related to indigenous/tribal populations and/or considerations for law enforcement and prosecutors  
  • Maternal and post-release considerations for pregnant female inmates 
  • Prosecutorial domestic violence training (to improve/enhance/increase attorney victim advocacy and convictions) 
  • Survivor-focused/survivor-driven multi-disciplinary collaboration and advocacy leadership 


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. 


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 


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. 


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 

NOTE: CCAW recognizes that some organizations are still adhering to COVID-19 restrictions involving travel and in-person conferences/meetings. However, at this time, CCAW will not be providing any hybrid options (i.e. in-person plus virtual). The 2022 Conference on Crimes Against Women will be entirely in-person. Changes to this decision will be distributed via e-blasts and CCAW website updates.  

Submit a proposal HERE 

If you have any issues or questions regarding the proposal process, please contact Shawn Guy, Program Manager, at sguy@conferencecaw.org