Open Access Journal articles from our project findings

 Three journal articles are now available to download from the links below

Polly Radcliffe, Ana Flávia Pires Lucas d’Oliveira, Susan Lea, Wagner dos Santos Figueiredo and Gail Gilchrist (2016), Accounting for intimate partner violence perpetration. A cross-cultural comparison of English and Brazilian male substance users’ explanations. Drug and Alcohol Review. DOI: 10.1111/dar.12450

Polly Radcliffe and Gail Gilchrist, (2016), ‘‘You can never work with addictions in isolation’’: Addressing intimate partner violence perpetration by men in substance misuse treatment. International Journal of Drug Policy, 36, 130-140.

Gail Gilchrist, Polly Radcliffe, Ana Regina Noto, Ana Flávia Pires Lucas d’Oliveira (2016), The prevalence and factors associated with ever perpetrating intimate partner violence by men receiving substance-use treatment in Brazil and England: A cross-cultural comparison. Drug and Alcohol Review, DOI: 10.1111/dar.12436.






ADVANCE research programme – Could group therapy reduce domestic violence among men in substance use treatment?

 A new King’s College London research programme will examine whether group therapy leads to a reduction in domestic violence among men receiving treatment for substance use.

 The ADVANCE research programme, funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), starts next month and will bring together researchers, patients and policymakers from across King’s, the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, University of Worcester, University of Bristol, University of Manchester, University of York, Rochester Institute of Technology (USA) and RESPECT, the UK membership organisation for work with domestic violence perpetrators, male victims and young people.

Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) refers to any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour, violence or abuse. Previous research has found that 40 per cent of men receiving treatment for substance use had been physically or sexually violent towards their partner in the previous year, rising to 70 per cent for psychological abuse – rates far higher than among the general population.

Despite this, few studies have been conducted to examine the effectiveness of interventions for male substance users who perpetrate IPV. The new five-year research programme will test whether a group therapy that addresses IPV and substance use concurrently reduces IPV carried out by men attending substance use treatment sessions, and whether this leads to a resulting improvement in depressive symptoms among their current and ex-partners.  Continue reading

Council of Europe report on support for substance using women who are victims of IPV

The Council of Europe’s Pompidou Group has produced a report based on consultations with professionals in 2015. The Report, “Improving the management of violence experienced by women who use psychoactive substances” can be downloaded here and is also available in French

A major recommendation is the call from professionals to policy makers, first and foremost, to recognize the link between violence and substance use, by including the question of violence in national drug strategies and programmes and by including the question of addiction to psychoactive substances in national strategies and programmes for combating violence against women.




End of project conference, King’s College, 2nd February 2016

Over 180 people attended the end of project conference at the Great Hall at King’s Strand campus on 2nd February 2016. Participants included representatives from substance use services, IPV victim and perpetrator services, adult service commissioners, police, community safety organisations, Community Rehabilitation Companies, national and international researchers, the England and Wales Department of Health, Public Health England and service user representatives. Organisations represented included NSPCC, Adfam, Rise (CRC), Kent Police, Terrence Higgins Trust, Swift Family Services, The Priory Hospital, St Mungo’s and representatives from 29 local authorities.


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Capabilities Framework available to download

UntitledThe Capabilities Framework for working safely and effectively with men who perpetrate intimate partner violence in the context of substance misuse is available to be downloaded now from the King’s website here

This Framework has been developed from the findings of  the bilateral project Perpetration of intimate partner     violence by males in substance abuse treatment: a cross-cultural Learning Alliance that was funded by the Economic and Social Research Council in the UK (ES/ K002589/1).

This research examined and compared the prevalence and cultural construction of intimate partner violence perpetration by males attending treatment for substance use in England and Brazil.

The Framework aims to define and clarify the key capabilities (ie knowledge, attitude and values, ethical practice, skills and reflection and professional development) for working with men who use substances (drugs and alcohol) and who perpetrate intimate partner violence. It is aimed primarily at people who work within substance use treatment services, but it also relevant to those who plan and lead service developments within substance use sector including managers and commissioners.

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Seminar on the role of culture in developing effective interventions for IPV

‘Mind the Culture Gap’: Understanding and Appreciating the Role of Culture in Developing Effective Interventions for IPV’ is taking place in Hong Kong on Saturday 24th October.

This is the sixth and final seminar in the ESRC seminar series Addressing Intimate Partner Violence among Substance Misusers: Advancing Aetiologies and Treatment Approaches 

The programme for the seminar can be viewed here . It will be livestreamed via Youtube


End of Project Conference



Draft Programme here

 Quantitatively examined and compared the prevalence of IPV perpetration by males in substance misuse treatment in London and São Paulo.

  • Qualitatively examined and compared the cultural construction of IPV perpetration amongst men in substance misuse treatment in London and São Paulo.
  • Reviewed current policies, treatment protocols and care pathways for male substance misusing perpetrators in both countries.
  • Identified the barriers and facilitators to working with this client group in both countries.
  • Developed a cross-cultural Capability Framework for working effectively with male perpetrators in substance abuse treatment.

The event will involve international speakers and a chance to contribute to lively debate on the relationship between IPV and substance misuse. It will be of interest to practitioners, policy makers and academics working in the field of health, substance misuse and/or Intimate Partner Violence. Programme to follow

Refreshments and lunch will be provided. There will be no charge to attend this conference but places are limited. To register and for more information contact Polly Radcliffe