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Dawn Farm Addiction and Recovery Education Series

Oct 28, 2015

The Intersectionality of Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Substance Abuse” was presented on Tuesday October 20, 2015; by David J.H. Garvin, LMSW; Chief Operating Officer, Catholic Social Services of Washtenaw County and Founder, Alternatives to Domestic Aggression, Catholic Social Services of Washtenaw County; and Barbara Niess May, MPA, MSW; Executive Director, SafeHouse Center. There is a strong correlation between domestic violence/sexual assault and alcohol/other drug use – and correlation does not equal cause/effect nor does it define personal responsibility. Intoxication does not excuse a perpetrator nor justify a person being assaulted or abused. Domestic violence/sexual assault offender and survivor alcohol and other drug use/abuse is central to this discussion.  The presenters provide a primmer regarding perpetrator tactics, strategies, and core beliefs which hold the perpetrator accountable for abusive/assaultive behaviors while maintaining and promoting survivor safety. The program will help participants to recognize the critical importance of understanding the relationship between domestic violence/sexual assault and alcohol/other drug use/abuse in order to safely and effectively intervene and/or interrupt the perpetrator's behaviors and support the survivor. 

This program is part of the Dawn Farm Education Series, a FREE, annual workshop series developed to provide accurate, helpful, hopeful, practical, current information about chemical dependency, recovery, family and related issues.  The Education Series is organized by Dawn Farm, a non-profit community of programs providing a continuum of chemical dependency services. For information, please see

PLEASE NOTE that the audio recording of this presentation includes audio excerpts from the following two video clips:

(1) The “Undetected” Rapist.
– This is a video reenactment of an interview by Dr. David Lisak with "Frank," a pre-law student.  The video clip can be viewed at this link:
Video credits:
This video was produced by the National Judicial Education Program to Promote Equality for Women and Men in the Courts (a program of Legal Momentum  - 

(2) Consent – it’s as simple as tea.
- This video clip can be viewed at this link: 
(This video is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.)
Video credits:
Script - Rockstar Dinosaur Pirate Princess:
Animation - Rachel Brian
Narrator - Graham Wheeler
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