Roles of Alcohol in Intimate Partner Abuse. Research for Alcohol Research UK

This report based on research by Liz Gilchrist and colleagues from Glasgow Caledonian University found that:

• Two-thirds of ‘domestic’ incidents known to the police were found to involve at least one of the couple concerned being ‘under the influence’ of alcohol.

• There are peaks in such incidents at times of contentious football matches, but also during other significant cultural events involving alcohol such as New Year. Continue reading

e-learning resource from AVA (Against Violence & Abuse) on NICE Guidance

In its Guidance on Domestic Violence and Abuse, the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) outlined four levels of training for differing professional groups. The AVA e-learning programme will enable practitioners to meet level 1 & 2 of the NICE recommended training and is applicable to all health and social care professionals.

This e-learning resource is publically available. To access it, open an account at by clicking on Understanding Domestic Violence and Abuse.

Once you have registered, you can also enrol on the Complicated Matters e-learning programme which addresses how domestic and sexual violence, problematic substance use and mental-health issues can co-exist.  The course is designed to ‘uncomplicate’ matters by raising practitioners’ awareness of how the three issues interlink and reflecting on the most effective ways to engage with individuals and families who are affected by these issues.

This course has been developed alongside a toolkit for professionals who work with victims or perpetrators of domestic and sexual violence who are also affected by problematic substance use and/or mental ill-health.