About the Institute


The Child Abuse and Family Violence Institute was established in 1990 under the umbrella of the School of Health and Human Services. The main goal of the Institute is to promote effective prevention of, and intervention in child abuse and domestic violence by providing interdisciplinary education, training, and state-of-the-art resources for students, professionals, and the community. The Institute serves as a resource for the community and promotes interdisciplinary cooperation between the University and various community agencies.

Over the years, the Institute has offered training to the community in the area of child abuse and family violence and has partnered with the California Forensic Science Institute (CFSI) to deliver various professional trainings including mandatory child abuse reporting.

The Child Abuse and Family Violence Institute has many components including: 

In addition, over the years, the Child Abuse and Family Violence Institute has participated in research, evaluation and training in collaboration with:

  • USC’s University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities
  • First 5 Los Angeles
  • The Los Angeles University Consortium for Children and Families
  • The California Forensic Science Institute
  • California Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (CAPSAC)