Cover of Substance Abuse Treatment and Domestic Violence

Substance Abuse Treatment and Domestic Violence

Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) Series, No. 25

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Rockville (MD): Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (US); .
Report No.: (SMA) 97-3163
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This TIP, Substance Abuse Treatment and Domestic Violence, presents treatment providers with an introduction to the field of domestic violence. It gives providers useful information on the role of substance abuse in domestic violence—both among the men who batter and the women who are battered. Useful techniques for detecting and eliciting such information are supplied, along with ways to modify treatment to ensure victims' safety and to stop the cycle of violence in both parties' lives. Legal issues, including duty to warn and confidentiality, are discussed. Finally, the Panel provides a blueprint for a more integrated system of care that would enhance treatment for both problems. This section includes practical suggestions for establishing linkages both between substance abuse treatment providers and domestic violence support workers and with legal, health care, criminal justice, and other relevant service agencies.