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

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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Project catch-up

The project has been running for nearly a year now. Learning Alliance stake holders include voluntary sector and NHS treatment providers; membership organisations including Drugscope and Respect; policy makers from the Department of Health and Public Health England and representatives from service user organisations. Continue reading