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There is a great deal of attention focused on domestic violence and sexual assault – and rightfully so. An issue that is critically related and often not discussed is the relationship between substance use/misuse/abuse and domestic violence. The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence published a white paper on this topic. I have included it in its entirety below. Given the rise in opiate use, the high levels of alcohol use/abuse and the recent Federal designation for Dutchess as a High Intensity Drug Trafficking area, the NCADDV article is a timely and valuable read. Public policy is an essential tool for change. New York State is placing great emphasis on the economic growth of the alcohol industry. Lawmakers at all levels would be well served to review the correlations drawn between substances and violence.
Domestic Violence and Substance Abuse – Why it matters?
While substance abuse does not cause domestic violence, there is a statistical correlation between the two issues. Studies of domestic violence frequently indicate high rates of alcohol and other drug use by perpetrators during abuse. Not only do batterers tend to abuse drugs and alcohol, but domestic violence also increases the probability that victims will use alcohol and drug to cope with abuse. The issues of domestic violence and substance abuse can interact with and exacerbate each other and should be treated simultaneously.
Did you know?
Substance Abuse and Batterers
Substance Abuse and Children
Services for Domestic Violence and Substance Abuse
Although there is no causal link between domestic violence and substance abuse, the failure to deal with domestic violence in substance abuse treatment programs or to deal with substance abuse in domestic violence programs interferes with the effectiveness of these programs. Many service providers recognize the correlation between substance abuse and domestic violence, but few domestic violence programs can offer adequate counseling or health services for substance abusers.
There are many reasons for the absence of substance abuse treatment programs within domestic violence services:
In 2004, the Department of Justice found that:
When domestic violence programs were asked why they did not provide substance abuse treatment:
To improve treatment for individuals with both substance abuse and domestic violence problems, the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment recommends:
Elaine Trumpetto, M.A.
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