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

Bilateral meetings, Sao Paolo, Brazil

Research team meetings and International Learning Alliance,  March 2015. Post by Carlos Moreno-Leguizamon, University of Greenwich.


Members of the United Kingdom (UK) research team and the International Alliance (LA) (Catalonia, Spain) of the project “Men, Substance Use and Relationships” visited our Brazilian research counterparts in Sao Paolo for a week in March 2015. The Brazilian researchers include Ana Flavia Lucas D’Oliveira (who leads the team), from the Gender, Violence and Health Research Group, Universidade de São Paulo, Ana Regina Noto, Universidade Federal de São Paulo Wagner Figueiredo, Universidade Federal de São Carlos, São Paulo. Continue reading

Learning Alliance Meeting March 2015

Dissemination of Research Findings

The Men Substance Use and Relationships research project includes researchers, policy makers, service providers and practitioners in the Intimate Partner Violence and substance use sectors. The idea of a Learning Alliance is that research findings are shared and disseminated at any early stage with policy makers and end-users.  On 18th March eighteen people attended our second National Learning Alliance meeting at the IOPPN, King’s College, London. 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

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