Joint Center on Violence and Victim Studies

The department is a partner in the Joint Center on Violence and Victim Studies (JCVVS), which is a collaborative university-based partnership between the Fresno State, University of New Haven, and Washburn Universities. The JCVVS provides education, professional development, and consultation to criminal justice agencies throughout the Valley and the United States. The JCVVS offers intensive seminars in areas of interest to working professionals. Some of these areas may include: victim services, drug abuse, alternative sentencing, juvenile justice, exclusionary rule, crime prevention, and industrial security.

For more information, please visit:

Joint Center on Violence and Victim Studies

Advanced Institute on Victim Studies: Critical Analysis of Victim Assistance

Washburn University—Topeka, Kansas
California State University—Fresno, California

The Advanced Institute on Victim Studies is a multidisciplinary professional development program that facilitates critical reflection for a variety of practitioners who provide service to and/or advocate for victims of crime.

The program features an optional Professional Certificate in Victim Assistance: Advanced Level which is awarded upon successful completion of certificate requirements.

Although developed as a professional continuing education program, Washburn University and California State University, Fresno provide an option for undergraduate and graduate college credit at a reduced fee. Tuition is in addition to the program fee.

See the Joint Center on Violence and Victim Studies website for more detailed information, program structure, participation guidelines, faculty, cost, location, lodging, and registration.