Analysis Of Intimate Partner And Substance Use Initiative

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Intimate partner violence compounded with substance use can be a complex and difficult struggle to work through with survivors and batterers alike. The power and control dynamics of those relationships can be masked often by or depicted as a result of the disease of addiction, which creates a rather convoluted and perplexing circumstantial environment to work within. This is particularly difficult in communities that initially have limited resources. For this reason, a comprehensive approach and strategy through the Intimate Partner and Substance Use Initiative (IPSUI) will need to be mobilized with the support of existing resources and organizations that will prove to be beneficial in collaboration and networking, although treatment or population focused.
Batterer Organizations Batterer Intervention Programs are predominately court ordered with some perpetrators attending by request of their family or other governmental entities. The purpose of the organizations is to hold batterers accountable for their behavior and aid them is recognizing the equitable relationship dynamic is healthier to function within. On the local level
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Recognizing that victims of intimate partner violence are at a three to five times higher probability to use substances that can lead to further re-victimization (Simmons, Knight, & Menard, 2015). Intervention and recovery quickly becomes a mutual purpose and mission. By creating survivor sensitive materials to address both power and control and addiction the likelihood of success increases. The interrelating aspect is ubiquitous to batterers and substances users, especially when they are one in the same. The systemic sharing and collaboration allows for inclusive addition of survivor, whether using or victim of a user, creating connections that benefit this targeted population and stabilize a community

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