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The goal of the Institute for Collaborative Response for Victims of Family Violence (ICR) is to provide a new model of education and training that will teach and inspire collaborative work across disciplines including social work, criminal or juvenile justice, health science, kinesiology, occupational therapy, nursing, nutrition, journalism and other applied sciences to provide a foundation for more effective community response for victims of family violence.
Visioned by the late Dr. Inger Sagatun-Edwards, Dean of the College of Applied Sciences and Arts, in collaboration with community leaders, the Institute for Collaborative Response was launched in Fall 2009 with federal funding provided by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, through the Office of Victims of Crime as the first program of its kind in the country. Community support included:
- Judge Leonard Edwards, retired presiding judge in Juvenile Dependency Court
- Chief Rob Davis, Chief of Police of San Jose Police Department
- Rolanda Pierre-Dixon, Assistant District Attorney
- Ken Borelli, retired Deputy Director of Social Services Agency
- Judge Katherine Lucero, Juvenile Dependency Judge
- Eve Castellanos, City of San Jose Family Violence Advisory Board
- Silvia Hines, FormerExecutive Director of Support Network for Battered Women
The Institute has been further championed by Congressman Mike Honda and Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren, whose support helped secure funding to make this vision a reality. The Institute continues to benefit from tremendous support from the Dean of the College of Applied Sciences and Arts, Dr. Charles Bullock and an extensive network of leaders in the community and at SJSU, who are invested in the success of this project and excited to engage students in this learning experience.