Domestic violence project to address substance misuse

The Greater London Domestic Violence Project is to launch a project in collaboration with the Greater London Alcohol and Drug Alliance.

The project, called Stella, aims to develop services for survivors and perpetrators of domestic violence who also misuse substances.

The launch of the project comes as the Government moves to tackle the problem through such means as a ministerial group.

Research suggests that 60-70 per cent of men who assault their partners do so when under the influence of alcohol. This compares with 13-20 per cent who are violent while under the influence of drugs. A minimum of £278 million is spent providing services within London every year.

The project aims to identify problems in accessing services, raise awareness of the need to hold perpetrators to account and identify good practice models for service providers. It is being run by domestic violence development officer Rachel Carter.

A seminar will launch the project featuring a talk from Hackney Women's Aid's director Marai Larasi and University of Birmingham lecturer in social work Sarah Galvani.

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