A paper recently published in BMJ Open reported on the harm caused by alcohol to people other than the drinker. This national survey of almost 5000 adults across England examined the extent, type and frequency of harms associated with other people’s drinking as well as identifying who was most likely to be the victim and perpetrator of harm. This was the largest ever survey of its kind in the UK. The study showed that one in five adults reported harm from another’s drinking in the previous 12 months. Of concern, almost one in twenty people said they had experienced at least one aggressive harm in the previous year which was related to someone who had been drinking (3.4% of respondents said they had felt physically threatened, 1.9% said they had been physically assaulted and 0.7% said they had been forced or pressurised into something sexual). While friends and strangers were the people that caused almost half of all alcohol-related harms, the person causing harm varied depending on the type of harm. Strangers were most likely to be the perpetrators of physical threats and physical assaults. One in five (19%) people who were forced or pressured into something sexual said this was by a stranger, but 23% said this was by a partner they lived with, increasing to almost 40% when partners who lived elsewhere were included.
You can access the paper here.
A paper in the British Journal of Criminology has just been published from the ADVANCE programme grant (first author Professor David Gadd). The article focuses on the dynamics that occur in relationships where there have been both substance use and domestic abuse. It draws on in-depth qualitative interviews with male perpetrators and their current or former partners. The analysis section highlights different ways in which domestic abuse is compounded for women who have a. not been substance use dependent b. were formerly dependent or c. are currently dependent. The article additionally explores the criminological implications of competing models of change deployed in drug treatment and domestic violence interventions while discussing the policy and practice challenges.
You can access the paper here.
Practitioners working in substance misuse services are invited to attend a free seminar on the 18 June to discuss treatment responses for women with trauma symptoms and problematic substance use. The seminar will be held in London, in conjunction with Against Violence and Abuse and King’s College London. More details of speakers and booking can be found here.
Among the speakers will be Karen Bailey who has just completed her PhD at King’s College London. She will discuss her study, which was the first of its kind in the UK to assess the feasibility of delivering an international evidence-based group work programme aimed at women with PTSD symptoms and problematic substance use.
The feasibility study involved 2 cycles of a 12-session group of Seeking Safety delivered twice weekly with two facilitators. The study aimed to answer uncertainties about delivering the programme in a UK substance misuse service:
- Could women be retained in the group and study?
- Did participants and facilitators find the material and group structure acceptable and feasible?
- Were the facilitators able to deliver the manual as anticipated?
- What service and environmental factors impacted on the group delivery and women’s recovery?
Come along and hear more about the findings of Karen’s study, and hear from other speakers from South London and Maudsley NHS Trust, Against Violence and Abuse, and Women and Girl’s Network.