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Program on Domestic Violence Testimonials


  • "The experience of returning to school, of meeting all of you in the program, has been life changing for me. It is my sincere wish that I will always have a connection to you all forever." - Heather Stark, Woodinville, WA – Cohort VI

  • "I can’t tell you enough of the positive impact being in your program has made on our agency. We are beginning to think outside the box, inching down our defensive shields, and taking a look at ourselves." - Patricia Garcia, Denver, CO – Cohort IX

  • "I was just offered a position as a domestic violence attorney for the Colorado Springs office of Colorado Legal Services.  It’s exactly the type of work I dreamed of doing since I started the PDV. Thank you Cohort VII for being my collective cheering section and sounding board throughout the application process." - Laurel Markus, Colorado Springs, CO - Cohort VII

  • "I thought of all the women I have known over the years and this is the way to help make something good from something bad. Through the Program on Domestic Violence I am learning to find my voice again." - Dawn O’Keefe, CO – Cohort VII

  • "It is very exciting that PDV grads are doing such great work and reaping the rewards of the program! ACADV in partnership with SafeHouse (my organization) and Crisis Services of North Alabama (my former organization) got one of the five FVPSA discretionary grants.  We used a lot of the information from my Capstone in our application." - Kathy Wells, Columbiana, AL – Cohort VI​


Previous students from the Program on Domestic Violence (PDV) were surveyed in 2012 to identify strengths and areas of improvement for the program. Here are some highlights from the survey:

  • 93% of alumni would recommend the PDV to others
  • Alumni indicated the knowledge and skills taught in the PDV were necessary to their current professional position. 
  • The cohort model was reported by respondents to be the most beneficial and compelling aspect of the program. Students are accepted into the Program on Domestic Violence (PDV) as a cohort that travel through the domestic violence courses together.
  • ​The core domestic violence courses are offered in a series of weeklong face-to-face sessions referred to as "intensives". All four core domestic violence courses and the instructors were frequently identified by students as the PDV experience they found most powerful. 

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