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CARRIE OUTHIER BANKS, PhD, founded Domestic Violence Safe Dialogue (DVSD) after 15 years of experience volunteering and working in domestic violence shelters with both women and children. In 2005, Carrie received her Ph.D. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, where she authored her dissertation, “Finding Their Voice: Observation of the Surrogate Dialogue Program”. With the help and support of Washington County Community Corrections, the Family Violence Intervention Program, Family Focus Counseling Center, and Dr. Mark Umbreit, she initiated a safe surrogate dialogue pilot program in Hillsboro, Oregon. The pilot safe surrogate dialogue program is now a permanent component in Hillsboro, Oregon, renamed as Domestic Violence Safe Dialogue (DVSD). Carrie graduated from the University of Arkansas in 1994 with a Master’s in Communication and in 1992 received a BA from the University of Tennessee. Currently, she lives with her family in Portland, Oregon.

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