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Program on Gender-Based Violence Degrees and Certificates

The Center’s signature initiative, the Program on Gender-Based Violence (PGV) exists to create transformative leaders for today’s movements to end sexual and domestic violence, human trafficking and stalking through a broad array of academic offerings.  As the first graduate program of its kind in the country, the PGV serves a national audience of leaders with a unique course curriculum that combines online learning with intensive periods of study (called “intensives”) at the University of Colorado Denver

Highlights of the PGV include:

  • A distinctive online/on-campus format, with PGV courses provided in a series of 4 intensive class sessions held in Denver twice each year over a two year period. 
  • ​PGV faculty and lecturers are highly regarded scholars, researchers and practitioners in the field of interpersonal violence, and bring expertise in public and non-profit management, criminal and social justice, women's studies, sociology, and law. 
  • Each intensive class features nationally-renowned speakers, conversations with experienced practitioners, and in-depth discussions with peers. Distinguished presenters have included Jeffrey Edleson, Olga Trujillo, Jacquelyn Campbell, Beth Richie, Evan Stark, Lundy Bancroft, and Barbara Hart. 
  • A unique curriculum that challenges violence by creating vehicles through which law enforcement officials, healthcare providers, direct service professionals, survivors, and public policy advocates can gain the skills and credentials necessary to succeed at leadership positions.

The PGV fulfills a nationally recognized need to educate individuals interested in a broad range of disciplines to effectively respond to victims of interpersonal violence, and train them to be leaders in the movement to end violence against women. It interweaves learning in public policy, organizational management, social justice work, and interpersonal violence in a powerful and dynamic way. Individuals in the PGV are uniquely prepared to make a real difference--to advocate for change and to be a critical link to the well-being and safety of victims. 

The PGV offers the following graduate programs and certificates: 

For more information about the Program on Gender-Based Violence, please contact the Center on Domestic Violence at or (303) 315-2489. | 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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