Our History

The Center on Domestic Violence at the University of Colorado Denver, works vigilantly to modernize programming and design new strategies to support service professionals. In order to shape a future free from gender-based violence, we must eradicate the values and beliefs in our culture that allow aggression to thrive. We are training the next generation of social justice leaders.  

As society evolves, so do we. 

The Center on Domestic Violence was founded in 2000 as an academic, research and service center based at the University of Colorado Denver, in the School of Public Affairs.  

Since its inception, the Center has emerged as a distinctive award-winning national leader in the field of interpersonal violence and has made a profound impact on the capacity of leaders in the movement to make change. In order to focus on ending gender-based violence, we’ve developed these strategic approaches to spread knowledge and information to aid in the fight for justice. 

  1. Leaders must be prepared with the full range of knowledge and skills necessary to creatively and effectively confront the challenges of gender violence in society today and contribute to the movement toward its end. 
  1. Original research on promising solutions to domestic and sexual violence must be done and well distributed to inform quality intervention and prevention programming nationwide. 
  1. Collaborative opportunities between academic professionals, gender violence practitioners and all aspects of our communities must be enhanced to promote fully informed methods of addressing violence and abuse. 

In order to create great leaders and compel social change, our founders decided to focus on creating a program to build skills, develop talent and create a superior social service network connected to social justice. 

“You can have passionate advocates who are connected to the issues, but never get the opportunity to develop business skills,” says Center on Domestic Violence Co-Founder Barbara Paradiso. “On the flip side, organizations might hire good business managers who lack experience with the subject matter. What the Movement needs are individuals skilled in both”