Collaborative Response to Family Violence (CRFV) Program

The Collaborative Response to Family Violence Program is an interdisciplinary opportunity through which students receive specialized training in family violence and interdisciplinary collaboration. 

There are three ways to participate in this unprecedented opportunity:

  1. JS137
    San José State Students—in both undergraduate and graduate degree programs*—can register for JS137. The Collaborative Response to Family Violence is a course offered through the Department of Justice Studies that welcomes students across disciplines and degree programs*. In this three-unit course, students learn about the scope and effects of family violence; elements of effective collaboration; collaborative leadership; interdisciplinary perspectives on addressing family violence; services and systems involved; and how collaboration enhances these disparate interventions and policies. Students who have completed JS136, Family and Community Violence, are encouraged to take this next course on applied knowledge.

  2. Internships
    Students, who are co-enrolled in or have successfully completed JS 137, are eligible for specialized internships that extend knowledge and skills through experience in the field. For current internships, visit the Collaborative Response to Family Violence listed under the Alternate Internship Programs in the Internship Opportunites page.

  3. Advanced Academic Certificate
    Additionally, there is an advanced academic certificate in collaborative response to family violence. This certificate requires that students have a bachelor’s degree or higher. It is designed for professionals—or aspiring family violence professionals—working in the field, who wish to advance their knowledge and skills in this area.

*Students should check with their degree program to see if the Collaborative Response to Family Violence Course (JS 137) meets degree requirements.


Successful completion of this program can be highlighted by students in their résumé as evidence of their knowledge and skills in collaboration and collaborative leadership, highly valued skills in most fields. Additionally, through a unique relationship between San José State University and community partners, students are introduced to a broad network of committed professionals engaged in interdisciplinary collaboration in the area of family violence.


This course and internship program were the product of a federal project overseen by the Office for Victims of Crime between 2009 and 2012. Through this project, we developed this educational model to teach students across disciplines to address the needs of victims of family violence. 

Students will learn skills in effective collaboration through:

  • Successful completion of JS137: Collaborative Response to Family Violence. JS137 will prepare students to:
    • Recognize the scope of family violence, issues faced by victims of family violence, and how these may manifest across cultures and identities
    • Demonstrate understanding of multi-disciplinary strategies for addressing family violence and how the coordination of these strategies improves services for individuals and families impacted by family violence
    • Analyze collaboration in local organizations and service delivery systems
    • Demonstrate insight, awareness, and skills related to one’s own capacity to contribute effectively to interdisciplinary collaboration.

  • Work in approved field placements and internships to extend knowledge and skills gained through JS137.

  • Completion of the advanced, academic certificate in Collaborative Response to Family Violence (CRFV).

If you have already completed a bachelor’s degree and are interested in completing an academic certificate program, applications are currently being accepted for the Advanced CRFV Certificate Program.

Read more about the certificate program here. To apply online, please complete the application form.

For more information, please contact Maureen Lowell in the Department of Justice Studies.