Meeting Archive:
Understanding the Behavior of Perpetrators of Domestic Violence and their Victims: What Judges Need to Know

Meeting Description:

The unique dynamics of intimate partner violence are challenging for judges. Often, there are no witnesses except the alleged perpetrator and the person he or she is accused of abusing. The defendant often presents well in court. The victim may act in ways judges find illogical and frustrating. Judges know that the orders they make in court affect not only the adult(s) before them, but also children in the home.


Two nationally-respected experts with decades of experience, Lore Rogers, JD, and David Garvin, MSW, LMSW, will highlight what judges need to know about the behaviors of perpetrators of domestic violence and victims/survivors so judges may make the most informed, effective conditions, decisions and orders to keep their communities safe.


By understanding the behaviors of perpetrators and victims/survivors, judges will be able to:

1) Develop more effective interventions to stop the violence and better protect victims and their children;

2) Identify excuses, tactics and strategies perpetrators use for control;

3) Recognize when a perpetrator is trying to manipulate the court and/or falsely discredit the victim;

4) Stop the perpetrator from using the legal system to further abuse the victim.

5) Be aware of implicit biases; understand why victims may act in ways that seem counter-intuitive or illogical.


Date: Fri, Mar 27, 2020
Time: 01:00 PM EDT
Duration: 1 hour
Host(s): American Judges Association
 Presenter Information
Lore A. Rogers, JD

Lore A. Rogers, JD, is a staff attorney with the State of Michigan Domestic and Sexual Violence Prevention and Treatment Board.  Previously, she worked as the Interim Co-Director of the Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center at the University of Michigan, as the Director of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services Program at the YWCA of Greater Flint in Michigan, and as the Legal Advocacy Director at Domestic Violence Project, Inc./SAFE House in Washtenaw County, Michigan. Lore also worked as a domestic violence grant coordinator and pretrial probation compliance officer with the Washtenaw County Trial Courts. Lore has an extensive background providing direct services to survivors of domestic and sexual violence, as well as teaching and training on issues of intimate partner and sexual violence.

David J. H. Garvin MSW, LMSW

David J. H. Garvin MSW, LMSW, served as the Interim CEO/President of Catholic Social Services of Washtenaw County August 2016 – June 2017 and also serves as the Vice President of Programs and Facilities of Catholic Social Services of Washtenaw County in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where he founded, supervised and directed the Alternatives to Domestic Aggression (ADA) Program. He has been directly involved in the anti-domestic violence movement since 1986 when he founded the ADA Program. He is an Adjunct Lecturer with the Eastern Michigan University School of Social Work and Concordia University in Ann Arbor, MI. David is a co-founder and current Chair of the Battering Intervention Services Coalition of Michigan (BISC-MI). David was named the 2009 National Association of Social Workers-Michigan (NASW-MI) Social Worker of the Year. In 2017, David was awarded the Glenn R. Winters Award from the American Judges Association.  

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This webinar is developed under grant number SJI–20-E-018 from the State Justice Institute. The points of view expressed are those of the presenters, and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the State Justice Institute.