Domestic Violence & Substance Misuse


There is substantial evidence of a statistical association between substance misuse and domestic abuse. All mood altering substances can lead to anger and aggression, but none inevitably so. While many aggressive individuals have problems with substance abuse, and substance abusers are often violent to their partners, the two problems can be related in various ways. The ‘Toxic Trio’ of mental health, substance misuse and domestic abuse will also be explored. Using practical case studies and discussion, the course will provide delegates with an understanding of these factors and the theory that underpins it. This will involve discussing situational, expressive and instrumental violence in a domestic setting and how each of these can be connected to substance misuse. Delegates will learn how to use this knowledge to engage more effectively with those who perpetrate this type of behaviour and develop robust risk assessments.  This course will also review the interventions used in custody and the community to address these risks and they will undertake a skills practice during the event.

How long is the Course?

One Day

Who is it Aimed At:

Prison based healthcare staff


·         To gain knowledge and understanding domestic abuse, what it looks like, its prevalence and how it manifests itself

·         Using theoretical models explore the evidence base around the links between domestic violence and substance misuse. This includes understanding gender roles and schema, and personal and cultural values.

·         Explore current research and good practice in working with perpetrators of DA, particular where substance misuse is a feature

·         Develop an understanding of the risk and protective factors concerning those who perpetrate domestic abuse and challenge personal bias and prejudice in making assessments of risk to be as objective as possible.

·         Consider the role of multi-agency work and good practice on information sharing to best safeguard children and vulnerable adults

·         Develop confidence and skills in working with perpetrators of domestic abuse to improve engagement.



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