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Integration of Substance Abuse Treatment and Domestic Violence Intervention Programs Challenges Providers

Traditionally, social service organizations have been unable or unwilling to confront the dual reality of substance abuse and domestic violence. A shelter is often unable to treat patients who engage in high-risk behaviors, and substance abuse programs cannot provide the proper intervention and safe haven that abuse victims need. A School of Social Work forum recently brought together researchers, clinicians, therapists and administrators to explore integrated practice models that combine substance abuse treatment with services for victims of domestic violence.

Susan Witte
 
Susan Witte

Susan Witte, associate director of the Social Intervention Group, outlines the structure and goals of the conference.

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Nabila El Bassel
 
Nabila El Bassel

Nabil El Bassel, director of the Social Intervention Group at the Columbia's School of Social Work, says that research shows more than one-quarter of women in the general United States population are victims of partner abuse. Of those women in drug treatment programs, the rate increases to 60-80 percent.

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Beth Silverman Yam
 
Beth Silverman Yam

Beth Silverman-Yam, executive director of the Sanctuary for Families Shelter, presents a case study of her organization's efforts to integrate a substance abuse treatment program with their domestic violence services.

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Lisa Litt
 
Lisa Litt

Lisa Litt, St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center, talks about the challenges that a clinician faces when treating women victimized by violence. Often this violence takes many forms, including child abuse, domestic violence and witnessing acts of violence.

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Patti Bland
 
Patti Bland

Patti Bland, the New Beginnings Center, is a pioneer in the area of integrated practice. She has run support groups and other programs designed to confront the dual reality of chemical dependence and relationship abuse.

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Tricia Bowdidge
Amy Lehrner
 

Tricia Bowdidge

Amy Lehrner

Amy Lehrner and Tricia Bowdidge, both from the Illinois Department of Human Services, discuss the challenges of integrated practice from a social service administrator's perspective.

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Shot: Mar 06, 2002
Published: Apr 17, 2002
Last modified:Sep 18, 2002