13th Annual Conference on Crimes Against Women
April 16-19, 2018
Sheraton Dallas Hotel

THE DEADLINE TO SUBMIT A PROPOSAL HAS PASSED. The 2019 RFP will open in Summer 2018.

How to Submit

  1. Carefully review all of the below information.
  2. Create an account on the CCAW Speaker Portal (SEE LINK AT BOTTOM OF PAGE). If you are a returning speaker, you can login with your existing information.
  3. Complete your Speaker Profile and Workshop Proposal(s). Incomplete proposals and/or profiles will not be considered.
  4. You will be notified if your proposal has been accepted or denied no later than August 31, 2017.

Before submitting your proposal, please review our About Page and the 2017 Schedule to get a feel for our conference and session content. In particular, note that we are looking for intermediate to advanced education on practical applications for responding to crimes against women, vs. general theory or “101” trainings.

Overview of CCAW

For 12 years, the Conference on Crimes Against Women has presented the most cutting-edge education, strategies, and tools for responding to the full spectrum of violence against women, including cybercrimes, domestic violence, human trafficking, sexual assault, and stalking. Our nationally-renowned presenters share their knowledge and expertise through sessions focused on:

- Campus safety
- Case studies (see below)
- Civil family law
- Clinical approaches
- Coordinated Community Responses
- Culturally-specific issues
- Death investigation
- Elder abuse
- Faith communities
- Forensics
- Computer labs (see below)
- Law enforcement
- Immigration
- Investigative & interviewing techniques
- Medical
- Military
- Prosecution
- Strangulation
- Systemic issues
- Trauma-informed approaches
- Tribal issues
- Women of Color

Audience Demographics

Average Attendee Breakdown
- Law enforcement, 45%
- Advocates/counselors, 30%
- Legal, 18%
- Other, 7%

In 2017, CCAW welcome 2,200 attendees from all 50 states and internationally (Bermuda, Canada, Germany, Japan, and South Korea). 
CCAW is unique in that the majority of our conference attendees have been in the crimes against women field for several years, and they are well-educated on the general dynamics and theories surrounding violence against women. At CCAW, they 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 for as many CEUs as possible. Please see our Accreditation Page for more information.

Session Setup

- Sessions are 90 minutes or 3 hours long (two parts).
- There are roughly 160 timeslots to fill.
- All conference sessions are breakouts. There are 2,200+ attendees at CCAW; each breakout room has 150-300 seats available.
- Speakers are required to provide their own laptop and clicker.

Case Studies

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 parties (prosecutor, investigator, advocate, and/or survivor) as co-presenters. These sessions are most effective when attendees are able to hear the case from multiple perspectives.

View 2017 case studies HERE.


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

In 2018, we are specifically seeking workshops on the following topics:

- Unique, evidence-based coordinated community responses
- Medical/forensic approaches to crimes against women
- Diversion programs & alternatives to prosecution
- Effective campus crime responses
- Mental health, substance abuse, and other cross-issues that often intersection with crimes against women
- Immigration solutions available to victims

View 2017 workshops HERE.

Computer Labs

Law enforcement and prosecutors have the unique opportunity to practice cutting-edge, technology-based investigative 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 2017 computer labs HERE.

Speaker Payment

- Due to a limited budget, honorariums/speaking fees are rarely offered. However, all speakers receive free admission to the full conference (a $490 value).
- CCAW does not provide per diems. Speakers have access to complimentary breakfast and lunch every day of the conference.
- Speakers who are able to fund their own travel & lodging will receive priority consideration.


If you have any questions, please contact Brooke Meyer, Education Coordinator, at