Who is GVI?

Rose Thelen

Rose is co-founder of the Gender Violence Institute in Clearwater, MN. She provides training, technical assistance, project development and coordination around the country on how to intervene effectively to end violence against women. She recently completed a 4-year project with Tribal battered women’s programs to coordinate a community response (a CCR project) to domestic violence among law enforcement, prosecutors, and advocacy groups on two northern Minnesota Reservations.

Rose is also a Technical Assistance Partner for Praxis International, providing training and technical assistance to Department of Justice Office On Violence Against Women rural grantees. She has also worked with Praxis to conduct Safety and Accountability Audits in a number of settings.

Since 1979, Rose has been an advocate, then founded and for 10 years coordinated a CCR based on the Duluth model, served as a Legislative Coordinator for the Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women (MCBW), and co-coordinated the MCBW Rural Violence Against Women/Child Victimization Collaboration. She also co-coordinated a project with the MN Bureau of Criminal Apprehension to develop collaborations among battered women’s programs, law enforcement, and County Attorney’s offices in 10 MN counties. She has worked with the Advocates for Human Rights to provide training to programs from 20 East European countries on the CCR approach.

Rose provides training domestically and internationally on CCR methodologies, law enforcement investigations, individual and systems advocacy, facilitating batterer’s and battered women’s groups, and the intersection of child welfare and domestic violence.

In 2008, Rose was elected to serve a four-year term as a Wright  County Commissioner.

She is the author of Advocacy in A Coordinated Community Response and Promising Practices for Responding to the Co-occurrence of Battering and Child Maltreatment.


Chuck DerryChuck Derry

Chuck is co-founder of Gender Violence Institute and the Minnesota Men’s Action Network: Alliance to Prevent Sexual and Domestic Violence.

Chuck has worked to end men’s violence against women since 1983.  From 1983 to 1993, he worked with male offenders at the St. Cloud Intervention Project in St. Cloud, MN, and was the men’s program coordinator for six of those years. In 1994, he co-founded the Gender Violence Institute in Clearwater, Minnesota and through that organization provides training and technical assistance nationally and internationally on the dynamics of domestic violence, criminal justice system reform, effective coordinated community responses to domestic violence, law enforcement investigations, and rehabilitative programs for men who batter.

Chuck is a Technical Assistance Partner for Praxis International where he provides technical assistance and training for recipients of funding from federal grant programs appropriated through the U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.

Since March of 2005, Chuck has contracted with the Minnesota Department of Health to develop strategies for involving Minnesota men and male leaders in the primary prevention of sexual and domestic violence. In collaboration with Men As Peacemakers in Duluth, MN, and with the additional support of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, he co-founded the Minnesota Men’s Action Network: Alliance to Prevent Sexual and Domestic Violence.

Chuck is also a member of the interim steering committee of the North American Men Engage Network (NAMEN). This is a collective effort of men from the United States and Canada, with collaborative connections with men from Mexico, to develop a network of community-based organizations and individuals interested in working with men and boys to promote gender equality in North America.  NAMEN is a recent member of the global MenEngage Network.