Women in Drug Treatment Courts: Sexual Assault as the Underlying Trauma

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June 2011
  • Fairness in the Courts
  • Violence Against Women and Girls
  • National Judicial Education Program
  • Curriculum

The treatment of women in Drug Court is rarely addressed as a stand-alone issue in judicial education programs and trainings for Drug Court professionals. Judicial education programs must take a comprehensive look at women and trauma to successfully treat substance abusing women who have been victimized by sexual and physical violence. This course provides an in-depth look at dealing specifically with women, trauma, and substance abuse.

This course will instruct participants in:  

  • The high rate of substance abuse among women who were sexually abused as children and/or adults
  • The nexus between sexual abuse, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and substance abuse
  • The essential components of a drug treatment program that is effective for traumatized women
  • The failure rate of women in non-specialized programs
  • How to evaluate the efficacy for women of the drug treatment programs utilized by their court and require these programs to provide the necessary services

NJEP’s curriculum is available at no charge for a variety of uses: it can be utilized as the basis for in-person trainings and webinars or reviewed by individuals online. The curriculum can be adapted to local laws and practices.

The Module consists of: A faculty manual for teachers, a Power Point presentation with suggested commentary, exercises for participants, and handouts for participants.

Download the Entire Module as a Single .zip File

Faculty Manual

PowerPoint Slides with Suggested Commentary

The download link above will download the PDF version of this presentation. To download the PowerPoint file, click here.

Exercises (PDF)

Graphics for Reproducing this Module (.zip)