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Creating Futures

Ending Domestic Violence

Seedworks Fund and Center on Domestic Violence save lives



Shame and fear mask the hope of many women in abusive relationships. Through providing counseling, comfort, and education, the Center on Domestic Violence, School of Public Affairs, offers a place for these women to dream again and to live a life of greater fulfillment. 

Patricia Garcia  grew up witnessing violence in her parents’ household. Determined to go beyond this hurtful legacy, Garcia became the first in her family to graduate college. She’s now enrolled in a degree program that is the first of its kind in the country, the Master of Public Administration (MPA) with a concentration in domestic violence. Part of Garcia’s studies include documenting the story of her family’s violence.

“Walking at commencement to receive my MPA will be one of the proudest moments of my life,” said Garcia.

Through the generous support of Susan Hagedorn, Phd, who heads the Seedworks Foundation, the Center on Domestic Violence will be able to further build its program and provide emergency response, victim assistance, and preventative education for thousands of Denver metro area women and men.

Barbara Paradiso, PhD, director of the Center on Domestic Violence, said, “With this gift, Sue is saving lives.”

Hagedorn responds, “Every person who is educated at CU Denver and is impacted by the research being done by the university will, ultimately, save lives. That is the glory of education.”

Learn more about the Center on Domestic Violence

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