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An Online Resource Library on Gender-Based Violence.

Complicated Matters: Domestic and sexual violence, problematic substance use and mental ill-health

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Complicated Matters: Domestic and sexual violence, problematic substance use and mental ill-health by Against Violence & Abuse (AVA) (2013)

Domestic and sexual violence, problematic substance use and mental ill-health are three issues which often co-exist. And when they do, things can become complicated. This course is designed to uncomplicate matters by raising awareness about how the three issues intersect and offer effective ways to engage with individuals and families who are affected by these issues.

This course has been developed alongside a toolkit for professionals who work with victims or perpetrators of domestic and sexual violence who are also affected by problematic substance use and/or mental ill-health. You will find links to the toolkit throughout the course.

Both the toolkit and e-learning provide information on:

  • the links between experiences of domestic and sexual violence, problematic substance use and mental ill-health
  • ways to encourage survivors to engage with services and how to meet their needs
  • ways to increase safety for survivors and their children
  • holding perpetrators accountable for their own violent and abusive behaviour
  • developing a holistic approach based on partnerships and integrated work
  • practical, adaptable tools which enable organisations to improve policy and practice