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Celebrate our 20th Anniversary with us!


20th Anniversary Events!






Education series

The Center on Domestic Violence is proud to give back to the community and provide unique opportunities for our students and the community at large to network and explore critical issues related to gender-based violence.

These full-day workshops are open to the public and take place twice a year. Distinguished presenters will lead you deeper into topics chosen to challenge and expand your understanding of gender-based violence.

2020 Guest Presenters

  • January 15, 2020
    Dr Jackie Campbell, Professor and Anna D. Wolf Chair at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing
    Mental and Physical Health Care Ramifications of Gender Violence
  • August 12, 2020
    Rachel Ramirez, Training Director at the Ohio Domestic Violence Network
    Domestic Violence and Undiagnosed Brain Injury

The Education Series is also included in our Cohort Experience. Learn About the Cohort Experience.



CDV Team Highlight



Hannah Fageeh headshot

We are excited to welcome the most recent member of the Center team. Hannah Fageeh is a student in the Program on Gender-based Violence pursuing a dual Master’s degree in Public Administration and Criminal Justice. She serves as a Graduate Assistant for the Center. Learn more about Hannah -

  1. What is your experience working in the movement to end gender-based violence? 
    My interest in combating the issue of gender-based violence began when I was President of the National Organization for Women as an undergraduate student at Stetson University. I organized the Vagina Monologues for three years and donated all of the proceeds to the Volusia County Domestic Abuse Council. After graduating, I found the Certificate on Gender Based Violence Studies through CU Denver and applied immediately. After a couple of years studying in the certificate program I applied to become a full-time MPA and MCJ candidate through the School of Public Affairs. I currently work part time at the Center on Domestic Violence as a Graduate Assistant. I am also currently working part-time as a Relief Advocate at Denver's local domestic violence shelter SafeHouse Denver, Inc.
  2. How has being a student of the PGV influenced your choices? 
    Joining the PGV encouraged me to apply for jobs in the direct service field of gender based violence, which is why I am currently at SafeHouse. As a graduate assistant, I have also had the amazing opportunity to connect my direct service work to research grants, fundraising, event planning, and academia. I believe all of these aspects of service work complement one another and are building my skills to become a leader in the movement to end gender based violence.
  3. You have recently joined the CDV Staff. What is your interest in joining the CDV team? 
    I was interested in joining the CDV staff because I wanted to use my event planning, fundraising, and research skills. My direct service work is valuable because I am able to connect with survivors, but I wanted to expand on what I have learned and use it creatively. I also wanted to learn from CDV staff's valuable experiences with campus, youth and rural programs since I greatly look up to them. The staff's knowledge on coordinated community responses to gender based violence is immeasurable and will help me in my journey to becoming a future leader in the movement to end gender based violence.
  4. What/Who inspires you? 
    I am inspired by the resilience of interpersonal violence survivors despite adversity from a system that fails to recognize their trauma and strength. They have taught me what trauma-informed care means in practice. I am also inspired by the community organizers, advocates, social workers, service workers, survivors, and educators that have taught me about the intersections of oppression and systems that allow for interpersonal violence, domestic violence, and sexual violence. They are able to provide the services survivors need to heal even though our culture, system and society attempts to silence them.



Student/Alumni Highlight


Shannon Harper earned an MPA with a concentration in Domestic Violence (currently the concentration in Gender-Based Violence) in 2011 (Cohort 9) and then pursued doctoral studies from the Department of Criminology, Law, and Justice at the University of Illinois at Chicago beginning in 2014. She recently completed her doctorate degree and has been hired into a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in the Sociology Department at Iowa State University (ISU) beginning in the fall of 2019. Shannon is also affiliate faculty with the Latino/a Studies Program at ISU.

Shannon's research explores how women at risk of homicide in their intimate relationships seek assistance for abuse, as well as intimate partner homicide/homicide trends across neighborhoods. Her work broadly examines how the criminal justice system addresses violence against women and how marginalization and structural deprivation shape women's experiences of violence. Shannon's published works can be found in Feminist Criminology, Sociology Compass and the Journal of School Violence. Congratulations Shannon!