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CarolAnn Peterson - USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work. Los Angeles, CA, US

CarolAnn Peterson CarolAnn Peterson

Lecturer of Social Work | USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work


Extensively Experienced Anti-Domestic Violence Advocate






Carolann Peterson on Domestic Violence Dr. CarolAnn Peterson on Increased Domestic Abuse during the COVID-19 Pandemic



CAROLANN PETERSON joined the adjunct faculty in 2004. She teaches courses on domestic violence, leadership, and policy and advocacy. She was recently appointed to the Los Angeles Mayor’s Domestic Violence Steering Committee, which will oversee the research design of a needs assessment with funding provided by the Blue Shield of California Foundation. The committee will review the final report.

She was founder, CEO and chair of the board of directors of Peterson Professional Alliance. In this capacity, she worked to help corporations recognize domestic violence and its impact in the workplace, assisted other organizations with welfare reform, and provided training on domestic violence to private, public and nonprofit organizations. She also held trainings for the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, which is a branch of Homeland Security that prepares rural law enforcement officers and domestic violence advocates to become trainers in their own communities.

Peterson served as a consultant for the Family Violence Prevention Fund, the national organization on domestic violence now known as Futures Without Violence, providing technical assistance to counties regarding implementation of welfare programs for victims of domestic violence. She also participated in the State Joint CalWORKs Project with the California Institute for Mental Health and Children and Family Futures. The project was consisted of a six-county study and a prevalence study for California. In addition, she was the fund’s representative to the Violence Against Women Act and Welfare Re-authorization Committee at the national level and has provided assistance to other state coalitions on welfare reform, legislation and training issues. She was also a member of the State Task Force in creating the California state regulations for welfare and domestic violence. For eight years, she served as a consultant for the city of Tel Aviv, Israel, and the city of Los Angeles regarding a joint project between the two cities on workplace domestic violence.

Education (3)

Sanctus Theological Institute: PhD 2003

Loyola Marymount University: MPA 1982

Loyola Marymount University: BA 1975

Areas of Expertise (5)

Non-Profit Care

Domestic Violence Policy and Advocacy

Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence Prevention

Law Enforcement

Industry Expertise (4)

Social Services

Health and Wellness


Health Care - Services

Accomplishments (3)

Humanitarian Award (professional)


Face Forward

Who's Who (professional)


International Executives Guild

Who's Who (professional)


State of California

Affiliations (6)

  • Consultant to the Los Angeles County Domestic Violence Unit of the Department of Community and Senior Services
  • Team adviser and trainer for the statewide Domestic Violence/Medical/Forensic Training Team of the California Medical Training Center at the University of California, Davis
  • Member of the Los Angeles County Domestic Violence Death Review Team
  • Legislative advocate for the California Federation of Business & Professional Women
  • Member of the State Senate Task Force on Family Relations Court and chair of subcommittee
  • Member of the Los Angeles County Family Violence Task Force


Media Appearances (4)

Heated debate over tougher punishment for sex crimes as some worry it could unfairly affect California's minorities

Los Angeles Times  online


For CarolAnn Peterson, an adjunct professor at USC’s School of Social Work and longtime advocate for victims of family violence, the issue isn’t a matter of either-or. Punishment must be harsh, Peterson said, but communities must have access to intervention and rehabilitation...

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Engemann welcomes full-time facility dog

Daily Trojan  online


“Dogs help relieve stress simply by [students] petting them,” said CarolAnn Peterson, an adjunct professor at the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work. “Since new, incoming students would have a lot of stress, some place that is safe and soothing would certainly be welcome.”...

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Formerly homeless, a student finds solace in social work

USC News  online


During her two years at USC, Catalan has made an impact not only for herself but also on those around her. Adjunct Professor CarolAnn Peterson met Catalan in her leadership class and said she is one student she will never forget...

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Dr. CarolAnn Peterson

Unconventional Apology Project  online


Survivorship Storytelling: A Transformative Portrait & Interview Series on Domestic Violence - Featured interview with Dr. Peterson

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