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An Online Resource Library on Gender-Based Violence.

Complicated Matters: A toolkit addressing domestic and sexual violence, substance use and mental ill-health

General Material

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 online toolkit 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.

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

Toolkit contents:

  • Section 1 - Introduction
  • Section 2 - Getting the whole picture
  • Section 3 - It doesn't hurt to ask
  • Section 4 - Meeting survivors' needs
  • Section 5 - Keeping safe
  • Section 6 - In times of crisis
  • Section 7 - Supporting children and families
  • Section 8 - Working with the perpetrator
  • Section 9 - Working in partnership
  • Section 10 - Equality and Diversity