Walking a mile in her shoes event – Worcester

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Representatives from programme ADVANCE put their best pair of heels on and walked through Worcester city to raise awareness of domestic abuse. The event was welcomed by the local community with enthusiasm and encouragement for these events of awareness. ADVANCE representatives walked alongside 30 other people including firefighters, police officers, Worcester wolves and other lecturers and students. This is an annual event so anybody that is interested from the West Midlands Learning Alliance or if you have some free time and live in the area, we would love to see you there next year!! Please click here for a link to a local news article covering the event.

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Link between alcohol and other drugs and domestic violence – Professor Peter Miller

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New research has confirmed the link between alcohol and other drugs and domestic violence, showing heavy binge drinking doubles the risk of family or intimate partner violence. Lead researcher Professor Peter Miller, from Deakin’s School of Psychology, said alcohol related incidents were also more severe, and much more likely to involve physical violence, and result in physical, psychological, or emotional injury, than those where no alcohol was involved “Heavy drinking was also found to be associated with increased levels of coercive controlling behaviour, which includes emotional, psychological, and physical abuse of a partner,” Professor Miller said.

While drug use is only involved in a small minority of cases, it appears to be associated with increased likelihood of experiencing family or domestic violence. Overall, 10.5% of incidents were illicit drug-related. Illicit drug users were 2.8 times likely than non-users to report recent violence. Drug-related intimate partner violence incidents were also more severe.  The study, Alcohol/Drug-Involved Family Violence in Australia (ADIVA), was completed by researchers from Deakin’s School of Psychology and funded by the National Drug Law Enforcement Fund.You can read download the report here and there is an article discussing the implications of the findings here