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.





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.




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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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.



IPV and mental illness

Khalifeh, H et al (2015) ‘Recent intimate partner violence among people with chronic mental illness: findings from a national cross-sectional survey’ The British Journal of Psychiatry doi: 10.1192/bjp.bp.114.144899

In this study, published last week in The British Journal of Psychiatry, researchers analysed data from a large nationally representative sample of more than 23,000 adults in the 2010/11 British Crime Survey (BCS). The survey of crime victimisation in England and Wales included interviews with all participants and a questionnaire on domestic violence. Continue reading

IPV, Substance Misuse and comorbid mental health problems

Substance use and mental health disorders are linked to different forms of intimate partner violence victimisation
Caroline L. Saloma,, Gail M. Williams, Jakob M. Najmana,, Rosa Alati
Drug and Alcohol Dependence, March, 2015.

This journal article by Australian academics examines the links between different comorbidities of substance use and mental health disorders and different forms of IPV victimisation in a cohort of young people. Results suggest that once other forms of IPV experienced are accounted for, psychological IPV was experienced by those with individual and comorbid alcohol and mental health disorders, while physical IPV was related to individual and comorbid illicit substance and mental health disorders. Continue reading