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Implementing a Harm Reduction Approach to Substance Use in an Intimate Partner Violence Agency: Practice Issues in an Irish Setting

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There has been growing recognition of the co-occurrence of substance use and intimate partner violence (IPV) victimization in women's and men's lives, yet many IPV service providers have not developed an integrated response to these issues. Fewer still have implemented substance use services from a harm reduction approach. This article outlines the approach, policy changes, initial outcomes, and learning points for an IPV agency in Ireland, which implemented a harm reduction response to female IPV survivors who were also using substances problematically. Barriers and challenges for staff and management seeking to coordinate and integrate service delivery on the dual issues are also presented.
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Keywords: DRUGS; HARM REDUCTION; INTIMATE PARTNER VIOLENCE; SHELTER; SUBSTANCE USE

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: July 1, 2015

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