Requests for Proposals are now CLOSED!!

16th Annual Conference on Crimes Against Women
May 24-27, 2021
Sheraton Dallas Hotel



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

In 2020, in response to COVID-19 restrictions, CCAW made the difficult decision to cancel the in-person Conference at the Sheraton in Dallas. Recognizing the continued need for relevant and robust training along with access to CEU opportunities during this tumultuous time, CCAW pivoted the onsite training to a 34 part live Web Series and produced a 12-part Podcast, Podcast on Crimes Against Women (PCAW).

In addition, CCAW established the “Conference Center” web platform that included the recorded webinars, discussion boards, chat platforms, exhibitors, and sponsors to provide more interactive and networking components to our attendees. Hearing from experts within the professions of crimes against women, registered attendees were able to gain valuable insight about the general dynamics and theories surrounding violence against women.  Additionally, the opportunity to learn practical, hands-on techniques applicable to the job was also presented as an ongoing unique feature of CCAW.

The CCAW Web Series consists of 34 webinars and 14 podcasts with over 1,200 registered attendees and counting!

CCAW is excited to have the 2021 Conference back at the Sheraton Hotel in Dallas, Texas, with experts presenting on a diverse array of topics related to crimes against women. 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 2019 CCAW yielded approximately 2,800+ attendees. Due to the high response to our Web Series (over 1,200 registered attendees),we anticipate an even higher number of attendees for CCAW 2021.

- There are roughly 200 timeslots to fill. Session lengths vary – see below for details regarding each session type.
- 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 encouraged. We are seeking the following topics for 2021:

·      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
·      Issues related to tribal populations
·      Maternal and post-release considerations for pregnant female inmates

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


If you have any issues or questions regarding the proposal process, please contact Shawn Guy, Program Manager, at