Our Story

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 domestic violence, we’ve developed these strategic approaches to spread the knowledge and information to ultimately 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 intimate partner violence in society today and contribute to the movement toward its end.

2. Original research on promising solutions to domestic violence must be done and well distributed to inform quality intervention and prevention programming nationwide.

3. Collaborative opportunities between academic professionals and domestic violence practitioners must be enhanced to promote community-informed methods of addressing domestic violence.

Our Mission

The mission of the Center on Domestic Violence is to end domestic violence by fostering institutional and social change through leadership development, education, research, and community collaboration.

Our Vision 

  • Widespread incorporation of domestic violence information into the curriculum of professional schools to train attorneys, doctors, military personnel, clergy, therapists, teachers and other professions likely to encounter battered women or their children.
  • Regular use of evidence-based research on domestic violence by practitioners, policy-makers and advocates to provide effective services to victims and advance promising solutions to the root causes of intimate partner violence.
  • Well-trained leaders and managers for non-profit and public service organizations working to stop violence against women.
  • Stable programs, more options in service provision, and organizations that become successful agents for change in their communities.
  • Family violence service provision, policymaking and advocacy that directly confronts the social norms that enable violence against women.