ADVANCE blog from Manchester University: transforming the response to drug and alcohol dependent perpetrators of domestic abuse

A blog has been posted on the ADVANCE programme by Manchester University by Professor David Gadd and collaborators focuses on the domestic violence (DV) agenda and perpetrators. This coincides with the 16 days of action for violence against women.

This blog emphasises the UK government is considering introducing court orders that require DV perpetrators to abstain from using substances and questions the feasibility of this approach by drawing on the evidence from a report Transforming the Response to Domestic Abuse.    This report highlights an ‘association between complex needs’ and ‘drug and alcohol misuse, offending, mental illness and poverty’ and  emphasises the need to focus on the ‘dynamics of power and control which are present in many abusive relationships’.

The blog also discusses that many models of drug treatment assume that there will be some relapse which is incompatible with DV policy that may promise ‘zero tolerance’ for domestic violence reoffending behaviour.

You can access more information on the blog and the ADVANCE programme here. 

Originally published on the Policy@Manchester website.


The Charity Alcohol Change UK is being launched next week


Alcohol Change UK is a new charity being launched next week to coincide with Alcohol Awareness Week from 19-25 November 2018. Alcohol Change UK  has been formed by the merger of Alcohol Concern and Alcohol Research UK.

Their vision includes a world with no serious alcohol harm, they are working towards creating five evidence-driven changes:

  • Improved knowledge
  • Better policies and regulation
  • Shifted cultural norms
  • Improved drinking behaviours
  • More and better support and treatment

You can read about their new strategy here.

Find out more about alcohol awareness week here. .




Queensland Police reveal woman’s home address to her violent former husband

A breach of privacy case has been bought by a DV victim whose home address was deliberately passed on by a senior constable Neil Punchard who worked at the Queensland Police. He had accessed her address from the police QPrime database and sent it to her violent former husband joking to him ‘“Just tell her you know where she lives and leave it at that. Lol. She will flip,”

The victim given the pseudonym Julie was forced to move with her family immediately and is claiming costs and raising this as a serious breach of privacy. She is seeking compensation for her moving costs but claims that the breach has cost her ‘“much more than that”.

The Queensland police are not denying that the constable Punchard gave the information to her former husband but they do “however, dispute that it breached its obligations under the privacy principles in the information privacy act. In other words, it does not accept that it is responsible for the privacy violation.”

Julie said during her hearing in June that ‘“Now, this officer, Neil Punchard, is still in a job. He still has access to the police computer. And I have had to move … [and] cross my fingers like this and hope he doesn’t do it again.’

Access an article regarding this case here.