A narrative systematic review published of interventions for reducing PTSD








New research out today examines the different integrated  trauma-specific interventions aimed at women with experiences of PTSD, interpersonal abuse, and substance use. The narrative systematic review explores which subgroups of women may benefit, potential mechanisms of action, and contextual factors which facilitate or impede recovery from PTSD and substance use. It is available to download for free until 21 March 2019.

You can download the paper here


Technical package published in the USA to prevent IPV over a lifetime

The Division of Violence Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia have published a technical package to reduce the risk factors of IPV across a lifetime.

A technical package is a core set of strategies to achieve and sustain a reduction in specific risk factors or outcomes and it sought to provide best evidence to communities and states, to sharpen their focus and activities in order to provide the greatest potential to prevent IPV.

The strategies focus on:

  • Teaching safe and healthy relationship skills
  • Engaging adults and peers
  • Disrupting development pathways towards IPV
  • Creating protective environments
  • Strengthening economic supports for families
  • Supporting survivors to include safety and lessen harm
  • Prevent IPV teen dating from happening or continuing

You can download the technical package here.

New resource about domestic abuse for mental health services

Over the past year, the Section of Women’s Mental Health at King’s College London have been developing an online online resource about domestic abuse for mental health professionals and services. This resource, dubbed “LARA-VP”, has now been published online and is available to download for free using the link on the left click here

The LARA-VP resource is an update of a resource developed for the original LARA domestic abuse intervention for mental health services. It has been informed by recent evidence and clinical guidelines, as well as feedback from relevant stakeholders including academics, clinicians, survivors, and third sector professionals. It contains content on how to identify and respond to survivors, perpetrators, and any children affected by domestic abuse.

Now that it is published, we would be grateful if you could all share this resource widely within your networks: it is licensed for unrestricted use in non-profit and healthcare settings, and contains editable boxes to add in details about local services and contacts.

If any of you have any questions or feedback about this resource, please don’t hesitate to contact Emma Yapp at: emma.yapp@kcl.ac.uk.

Findings published from the first phase of the ADVANCE Research Programme

We are pleased to share with you that the findings from the first phase of the ADVANCE research programme have been published. We conducted a synthesis of 26 existing qualitative studies to explore how substance use features in survivors’ and perpetrators’ accounts of intimate partner violence (IPV) perpetration to help us better understand the relationship between IPV and substance use.  We found a complex interplay between substance use and IPV perpetration in the context of intoxication, withdrawal and addiction, impact on relationship and the wider dynamics of power and control and psychological vulnerabilities; and that the contribution of these factors are perceived differently by perpetrators and survivors. Survivors were more likely than perpetrators to identify abuse in relation to the impact of substance use on their relationship and the dynamics of power and control.  These findings have been used to inform the development of the ADVANCE intervention.

To download the paper please click here

New Rapid Evidence Assessment (REA) published by the Welsh Government focusing on holding domestic abuse perpetrators

Dr Cerys Miles (Welsh Government) and Dr Karen De Claire (Cardiff Metropolitan University) have published a Rapid Evidence Assessment (REA) which specifically supports the Welsh Government’s previous strategy to ‘increase focus on holding persons to account and providing opportunities to change their behaviour around victim safety’.

The REA highlights issues relevant in previous research which includes researcher bias, methodological design, limitations/challenges of validity and reliability of evidence from domestic abuse perpetrators in services. The REA authors do not provide clear support for the efficacy of any one approach to domestic abuse. Instead the authors identify interventions which are promising, they consider the implications for commissioners of services, academics and practitioners. The authors call for more focus on ongoing and independent robust evaluations of existing perpetrator services and to test innovative ‘trauma informed’ approaches to treatment. They also point to the importance of including substance misuse treatment for perpetrators when relevant.

Contact: SocialJusticeResearch@gov.wales

Please access more information here.