DVSD is a program run by the Lutheran Community Services NW (lcsnw.org).

MATT JOHNSTON, LPC, has been working with men who batter since 2004 in domestic violence intervention groups.  He has been the Program Director / Coordinator since 2013 and was on the DVSD Board for several years before that.  He has been on the Board of SCARS (Survivor Collective Alliance Reaching Society) since shortly after its inception in 2015.  Through DVSD, he runs the survivor impact panels in Multnomah, Washington/Columbia, and Clark counties, where three survivors talk to 8-30 people, who are halfway through their domestic violence intervention programs and the audience members have the opportunity to ask questions of the survivor panelists.  Matt also runs the Safe Dialogue Program, which pairs survivors and people who are accountable for their abuse for a one-time conversation in order to help the survivor heal.   

Contact email: mattjohnston@lcsnw.org     phone: 503-750-6779

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.

Contact: email: carrie@dvsdprogram.org     phone: 971-319-4874