The first graduate program of its kind in the nation, the University of Colorado Denver's Program on Domestic Violence (PDV) focuses on grass-roots social justice work, management, policies surrounding domestic violence, effective management and best practices in this emerging field.
The School of Public Affairs (SPA) at the University of Colorado Denver, in collaboration with members of the domestic violence advocacy community, developed this educational program designed to assist in solving the critical social problem of domestic violence through leadership development. The PDV curriculum provides an opportunity for individuals throughout the nation, from small towns and large urban areas to earn a Master of Public Administration or Master of Criminal Justice degree with a focus on domestic violence policy. Students may also elect to earn a five course Certificate in Domestic Violence Studies.
The PDV draws expertise from faculty at three campuses of the University of Colorado as well as Colorado domestic violence practitioners. The degree programs were designed to provide education that enhances leadership in the areas of program administration/policy development (MPA) or the criminal legal system (MCJ). Both are aimed at improving the provision of services for women and children who have been victimized by domestic violence and increasing prevention strategies.
- End domestic violence by fostering institutional and social change through leadership development, education, research and community collaboration.
- Serves a national audience with a unique course curriculum that combines online learning (MPA and MCJ), or weekly traditional classes with intensive, conveniently scheduled periods of study in Colorado. The program can be built into both the MPA and MCJ programs.
- Employs a curriculum that addresses the critical social issue of domestic violence through leadership development.
- Focuses on organizational management/public policy, criminology and criminal justice, helping service organizations integrate grassroots social justice work and public service with good administrative practice.
- Addresses the needs of individuals in organizations that serve victims of abuse and those who wish to enter the field, including new college graduates as well as professionals looking for a career change or promotion.
Cohort sessions incorporated into each PDV Intensive explore practical applications to classroom knowledge and build a personal and professional network for students to rely on throughout their degree program and careers.