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  • Over 130 leaders, managers, or advocates in the movement to end violence against women have participated in the Center’s academic flagship initiative, the Program on Gender-Based Violence.
  • The Center’s Community Education Series has trained more than 4000 advocates, service providers and policy makers in Colorado since 2001.
  • Over 550 academic researchers and practitioners have jointly participated in workshops and symposia organized by the Center to mutually inform each other of evidence-based research.
  • The Center and its community partners were selected by the U.S. Department of Justice to launch an innovative program to maximize community-based efforts by providing intervention, response, treatment and prevention strategies within Denver Public Schools through Mile High STRIVE (Schools Transforming Relationships through Interpersonal Violence Education).
  • The Center’s VITAL Management Technical Assistance and Training project is building the operational capacity of domestic violence shelters and crisis centers across Colorado.
  • Advanced the leadership of women from under-served communities by establishing a national leadership academy in partnership with the Women of Color Network.
  • The Center’s END Violence Project has served 31 public schools in Colorado representing over 13,000 students with the goal of enhancing the capacity of schools to successfully identify and respond to the needs of children who witness violence in the home. 
  • The Center launched the first interpersonal violence victim services and prevention program on the Auraria Campus, Colorado’s largest college campus serving 52,000 students, faculty, and staff.
  • The Center won the prestigious Celebrating Solutions Award from the Mary Byron Foundation. The award recognizes innovative efforts in addressing the root causes of violence against women.
  • In partnership with Kaiser Permanente, the Center held the Colorado Regional Conference on the Health Care Response to Domestic Violence, which drew attendees from across the nation and distinguished presenters in the field. 


1998: In close cooperation with the domestic violence practitioner community, the School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado Denver began to construct an educational and training program to address the critical issue of domestic violence. 

2000: The Program on Domestic Violence (PDV) and its graduate level academic program makes its debut to advance and strengthen the work of non-profits committed to ending violence against women. 

2000: As the only program of its kind in the nation, students first enroll in the PDV.

2001:  The Center launches its Community Education Series to provide training to practitioners from some of the top domestic violence experts in the country. 

2003:  With its partners, the Center launches the Domestic Violence Research and Action Coalition to build bridges between the research and practice communities.

2004: The newly created Center on Domestic Violence expands its scope beyond the PDV to include the advancement of scholarly research, training for advocacy groups and direct service agencies on the latest research and best-practices, and service to the community  for responding to violence against women.

2007: The academic suite was expanded to include a concentration within the Master of Criminal Justice to meet the growing thirst for knowledge among law enforcement personnel. 

2008: The Center wins a $500,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice to establish a victim services and prevention office on the Auraria Campus, the largest in Colorado.

2009:  The academic suite was expanded to include a Certificate in Interpersonal Violence and Health Care for health professionals, social workers, and faculty who want to build proficiency and confidence in interpersonal violence prevention, identification and intervention.

2009:  The Center is selected for a $750,000 grant for the U.S. Department of Justice to implement its END Violence Project in public schools across Colorado to successfully identify and respond to the needs of children who witness violence in the home.  

2010: The Center celebrates its 10th anniversary at the Wells Fargo Theater with an original performance of Behind the Mask.

2011:  The Center partners with the Women of Color Network to steward a national leadership academy for members of underrepresented groups within the domestic and sexual violence fields.

2012:  Responding to a statewide need, the Center and Mission Spark LLC begin offering management training and technical assistance under the Vital Project.  

2013:  The Center launches one of its most ambitious programs to date, Mile High STRIVE (Schools Transforming Relationships through Interpersonal Violence Education) in conjunction with four community partners and Denver Public Schools. 

2014:  The Program on Domestic Violence undergoes renovation and becomes the Program on Gender-Based Violence to reflect the breadth of the information covered in the program and the very best in today’s research and practice. | Physical Address: 1380 Lawrence St., Ste. 500  Denver, CO  80204 | Mailing Address: University of Colorado Denver, SPA, Campus Box 142, P.O. Box 173364, Denver, CO 80217-3364 | ph: 303.315.2228 | fax: 303.315.2229 | SPA Website Feedback

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