Rose Thelen Biography
Rose Thelen is co-founder of the Gender Violence Institute in Clearwater, MN. In that capacity,
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 (CCR)
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”.