Institute for Collaborative Response for Victims of Family Violence

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What is the Institute for Collaborative Response for Victims of Family Violence (ICR)?

The ICR is a program in which individuals receive specialized training in family violence and interdisciplinary collaboration. The Institute provides an unprecedented opportunity to learn about the scope and effects of family violence, trans-disciplinary skills for responding to family violence, the services and systems involved in response to family violence and how collaboration enhances these services. Through a unique relationship between San José State University, community agencies, and SJSU faculty, individuals are introduced to a network of committed professionals engaged in interdisciplinary collaboration in the area of family violence.


Individuals who participate receive specialized training in how to understand and address issues of family violence, increase awareness of victims' rights, and learn to improve response to family violence through interdisciplinary collaboration.


The Certificate for Collaborative Response to Family Violence will be offered through the Justice Studies Department at San Jose State University and will be available to community professionals of all disciplines who wish to enhance their skills and effectiveness through continued study. It is a 12-14 unit certificate program which integrates knowledge in the areas of family violence and collaboration. Certificate participants will develop a strong working knowledge and awareness of:

  • Family violence
  • Critical systems involved in responding to family violence
  • Skills for collaboration
  • Critical analysis of stages and elements of effective collaboration
  • Dynamics, impacts and meaning of violence across disciplines


Are you interested in participating in a student program to help improve community response to family violence?

Students wishing to participate in the ICR Program may do so by:

  • Completing the Justice Studies Collaborative Response Class (JS 137)
  • Working in a qualified collaborative field placement
  • Completing a special project that contributes to improving the response to family violence through interdisciplinary collaboration

Students completing ICR requirements will earn a Certificate of Completion in Collaborative Response to Family Violence from the College of Applied Sciences and Arts Dean's Office, and benefit from applied training and skills that will enhance the student's qualifications for employment. Completion of the ICR Program may also be applied to the Professional Certificate Program.

Applications are currently being accepted.

To apply online please click on the 'Application' tab to the left and complete the application form. For more information, please contact Maureen Lowell (

These materials were produced by the Institute for Collaborative Response at San Jose State University under cooperative agreement #2009-D1-BX-K024,awarded bythe Office for Victims of Crime,Office of Justice Programs, U.S. DepartmentofJustice. Theopinions, findings,andconclusions orrecommendationsexpressedin thisdocument are those of the contributors and do not necessarilyrepresent the official positionor policies of the U.S.Department of Justice.