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Welcome to the Center on Domestic Violence

Founded in 2000, the Center on Domestic Violence is an academic, research and service center based at the University of Colorado Denver. ​

Three primary goals define the work of the center​:

  1. Develop skilled and informed leaders for the movement to end domestic violence through educational programs. 
  2. Inform and empower domestic violence service providers, advocates, and policymakers through original research. 
  3. Serve the community through direct services, training and advocacy. 

These combined efforts are reflected in the center’s mission: to end domestic violence by fostering institutional and social change through leadership development, education, research, and community collaboration. 


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 nation, the PGV meets the needs of experienced advocates, college graduates, health and criminal justice professionals, and others interested in gaining the skills and knowledge necessary to guide effective service and advocacy programs.

We currently offer four degree and certificate programs:

To learn more about the Program on Gender-Based Violence, click here​ or contact us directly at or (303) 315-2489. 

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      prospective students: program on Gender-based Violence

      The first graduate program of its kind in the nation, the University of Colorado Denver's Program on Gender-Based Violence (PGV) focuses on grassroots social justice work, effective management, and best practices/policies surrounding interpersonal violence. 

      The PGV (formerly the Program on Domestic Violence) focuses on both organizational management and public policy, helping service organizations integrate grassroots social justice work with good administrative practices. It 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. 

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      Click here to learn more about the PGV, including our degrees and certificates: 



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