Posts tagged ‘Substance misuse’

September 6, 2011

So the summer is over – what next?

After a rather long ‘pause’ without any blogging, it is time to get back to communicating again.  I have returned from a few weeks with barely a thought of domestic abuse (!), to some new developments at CAADA.  Loyal CAADA followers will know that we work hard at using evidence to shape the way we develop and the services that we offer.  So, going back to the research in Safety in Numbers, we found that well over half of perpetrators in the study had alcohol problems and over a third had substance misuse issues.  We know that this can really increase the risks faced by victims and their children – but traditionally IDVAs have told us that they do not feel very confident in addressing the consequences of these problems – including when the victim also has substance misuse problems.  More recently, we have seen that where a substance misuse practitioner is co-located with an IDVA team, the disclosure of these problems among victims is much higher.

We are delighted to be working with Action on Addiction, the only UK charity working across the addiction field in research, prevention, treatment, professional education and family support, to create our second CPD module – ‘Substance Misuse and Domestic Abuse – Providing a Risk Led Response.’  This course is starting later this month and we hope will represent another step forward in our work to offer victims of abuse the support that they need to be safe.  I will write more here as we get feedback on how the course is received by practitioners.  There is more information on the training at


May 21, 2011

Family Drug and Alcohol Court Evaluation

I was lucky to be able to visit the first Family Drug and Alcohol court a few months ago and was very impressed.  Now we have the first evaluation of its work.  The court combines intensive support for parents with substance misuse problems, with close liaison and very clear boundaries with the Family Justice system.  The results show that more children are able to stay safely with their parents than is normally the case and where they are unable to control their substance misuse safely, then decisions are taken more quickly about the long term care of their children.  And of course, the percentage of families who have experienced domestic abuse as well as substance misuse…..?  Almost 100%.

For more on the evaluation click below:

Family Law.