Journal Article

Domestic Violence and Substance Use: Tackling Complexity

Cathy Humphreys, Linda Regan, Dawn River and Ravi K. Thiara

in The British Journal of Social Work

Published on behalf of British Association of Social Workers

Volume 35, issue 8, pages 1303-1320
Published in print December 2005 | ISSN: 0045-3102
Published online September 2005 | e-ISSN: 1468-263X | DOI:
Domestic Violence and Substance Use: Tackling Complexity

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Domestic violence and substance use are issues which pervade social work practice, yet are often on the margins of the knowledge base for practitioners and their managers. This article provides an overview of the literature on substance use and domestic violence, highlighting the problems with the separation of both practice and policy in these areas. Research on substance use and the needs of women survivors of domestic violence are explored, alongside the more substantial literature on perpetrators of domestic violence and patterns of substance use. The problems of a simplistic analysis which suggest that there is a causal link between substance use and domestic violence are highlighted. Using data from an on-going research project, the sources of the continuing and dysfunctional separation of work in these areas are explored.

Keywords: domestic violence; substance misuse; alcohol misuse; drug misuse.

Journal Article.  8029 words. 

Subjects: Social Work

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