The Minnesota Center Against Violence and Abuse (MINCAVA) was established in 1994 by the Minnesota State Legislature with a charge “to improve the quality of higher education related to violence”. Jeffrey L. Edleson, Ph.D., was the founding director of MINCAVA (1994-2012) and is now dean and professor in the School of Social Welfare at the University of California, Berkeley.
During its first years, the MINCAVA’s initial and only project was the Violence Education Project. The project included a discipline-specific needs assessment about higher-education, a web-based library of educational resources, a grant program to fund the development of new violence-related higher education curricula, higher education conferences, and work to change continuing education and licensing requirements. Over subsequent years, MINCAVA has been a leader in innovative violence-related education, research, and internet publishing. Until 2015, a highlight of the center had been its large-scale electronic clearinghouse on violence prevention that received several million unique visits each year from users across the globe.
MINCAVA’s current focus is on research activities that build knowledge and increase capacity to improve outcomes for individuals and families who experience interpersonal violence. The center partners with national, state and local organizations and institutions to develop, implement and evaluate interventions and approaches, and to disseminate knowledge through publications and presentations.