Women who use illicit drugs are three times more likely than those who do not to suffer from physical abuse from their spouse or partner, according to a study by the Social Intervention Group at Columbia's School of Social Work. However, little is known about effective treatment on the overlapping problems of intimate partner violence (IPV) and drug abuse. To help address this and related concerns, the Social Intervention Group (SIG) is sponsoring a conference that will include experts from 12 states to discuss how to provide an integrated service system for women affected by these two major public health problems. The conference will be held on March 7 and 8, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., at the Interchurch Center (475 Riverside Drive, Lobby level). Click to view a copy of the agenda.
According to Columbia Social Work Professor Nabila El-Bassel, who directs SIG, the conference seeks to identify effective treatment strategies and services for women who are affected by drugs and partner abuse, create a dialogue among Columbia researchers, community organizations and service providers, develop funding strategies for future research and determine a course for additional research in these areas.
SIG designs, implements and disseminates effective, sensitive and self-sustaining intervention programs for highly vulnerable populations. It employs a range of quantitative and qualitative research methods and sustains working relations with scientists and staff from more than a dozen universities and research centers throughout the United States and the world.