Bernadette Muscat is an assistant professor in the Criminology Department at CSU-Fresno where she serves as the Victimology coordinator. She has worked with victims of domestic violence by serving as a legal advocate and by providing counseling, education, and legal advocacy in shelter and court environments. She has worked with law enforcement agencies, victim service programs, and court programs in program and policy development, evaluation, research, and training to ensure effective administration of victim assistance. She has also worked with state coalitions to develop and implement victim-related polices. She has provided professional entry level and advanced training to a variety of victim service providers nationwide on topics such as domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse, trauma response, elder abuse, victims with disabilities, workplace violence, research, and policy development. She works extensively with local, state, and national level multi-disciplinary task force groups to address family violence and violence against women.
Bernadette is currently working with the California Office of Emergency Services (OES) Law Enforcement and Victim Witness Division on the creation and implementation of the California State Victim Assistance Academy (CVAA). The CVAA provides 40-hour training to victim service practitioners throughout California. She is also the Project Co-Director for the Violence Prevention Project (VPP) at California State University, Fresno. This program was funded by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Violence Against Women to create a comprehensive prevention program to address victimization of women on a college campus, as well as improve intervention services on-campus and in the community for those who are victimized. She is also conducting research with the Fresno County Department of Child and Family Services on child foster care placements and with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) on the victimization patterns of female inmates. In addition, she is working on a grant funded through the National Institute of Justice to examine safety issues of female inmates. She has written and presented on a variety of topics related to victimology, family violence, female victimization, domestic violence, underserved victim populations, and campus oriented crimes
Bernadette has a doctorate and masters degree in Public Administration (Criminal Justice emphasis) from Pennsylvania State University. She also has a certification in crisis prevention from the Crisis Prevention Institute.