Making the connection: developing integrated approaches to domestic violence and substance misuse

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DrugScope (Organization); London Drug and Alcohol Network
Date of publication
1 April 2013
Substance Misuse, Families
Social welfare
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The London Drug and Alcohol Network (LDAN) and DrugScope’s Domestic Violence project, funded by London Councils, took place over a four year period, and focused on the development of a cross-sectoral network bringing together domestic violence and drug and alcohol services. There are clear, though complex, links between domestic violence and substance misuse. However,services have not always worked effectively to address these links. The project aimed to tackle this gap, and to improve the quality of service provision for those affected by domestic violence and substance misuse, by bringing the two sectors together to discuss issues of common interest, provide practical information and support, and facilitate collaboration and partnership.

This briefing contextualises the project by setting out facts and figures relating to domestic violence and substance misuse, and by providing an overview of the current policy environment at national, local and London level. It then summarises the key learning from the project, and provides examples of good practice. Additionally, it links to the wealth of resources accumulated during the lifetime of the project, including the briefings produced and the materials accompanying the peer support meetings, available on LDAN’s website.

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