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Center on Domestic Violence, School of Public Affairs

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  • Over 100 leaders, managers, or advocates in the movement to end violence against women have enrolled in the Program on Domestic Violence since 2000.
  • In 2008, 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
  • The Center’s academic programs have twice been expanded to include additional disciplines - the programs now serve students pursuing coursework in public administration, criminal justice and health care. 
  • The Center’s Education Series has trained over 2500 advocates, service providers and policy makers in Colorado since 2001.
  • With funding from Kaiser Permanente, a 2008 conference on health care and domestic violence drew participants from across the United States and Canada.
  • Faculty affiliated with the Center have produced several ground-breaking studies on violence against women.
  • 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.
  • With funding from the Department of Justice, in 2008 the Center launched the first domestic violence victim services and prevention program on the Auraria Campus, Colorado’s largest college campus serving 60,000 students, faculty, and staff.
  • With funding from the Colorado Department of Human Services, in 2009 the Center introduced the END Violence Program, which is enhancing the capacity of public schools across Colorado to successfully identify and respond to the needs of children who witness violence in the home.


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. Since 2000 eight classes have completed the program, providing 65 graduates with the professional development skills needed to become change agents in their communities.

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.

2004: The newly created Center on Domestic Violence expands its scope to include: 

  • The advancement of scholarly research on the root causes and effective responses to violence against women.
  • A national “home base” through which work related to domestic violence can be gathered and focused.
    A training center for educational institutions, advocacy groups, and direct service agencies on the latest research findings and best-practices 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 wins a $750,000 grant for the U.S. Department of Justice to implement its END Violence Project in 25 public schools in Colorado to enhance the capacity of schools to successfully identify and respond to the needs of children who witness violence in the home. | 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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