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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 offer four Master's level 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. 



News and Announcements

  • 6/3/2015: Elonis Ruling by U.S. Supreme Court Fails Victims. Click here to read the National Network to End Domestic Violence's Response.

  • 9/14/2014: Center Director Barbara Paradiso was quoted in an NPR article on the newly crowned Miss America's experience with domestic violence. Click here to read the article. ​

  • 9/11/2014: Center Director Barbara Paradiso will be interviewed about the Ray Rice domestic abuse scandal on Minnesota Public Radio on Friday, 9/12/2014. Listen live by clicking here. 

  • 2/24/2014: Center Director Barbara Paradiso was quoted in The Crime Report on the new Domestic Violence Assessment Tool. Click here to read the full story.

  • 1/22/2014: The White House has established a Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault. Click here to read the official memorandum.​

upcoming Events & deadlines

  • 5/11/2015: Want to learn more information about the Program on Gender-Based Violence? Attend our prospective student webinar at 12 PM (Mountain Standard Time). Email to sign up.

  • 8/1/2015: Final application deadline for MPA and MCJ Gender-Based Violence Degree Programs for Fall 2015. Click here for more information about deadlines

  • 8/7 - 8/14/2015: ​​Program on Gender-Based Violence Fall 2015 Intensive. 

  • 8/12/2015: ​Fall 2015 Community Education Series. More details coming soon. 

      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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