Getting Safe and Sober: Real Tools You Can Use

Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

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A manual for developing support groups for women coping with substance abuse, interpersonal violence and trauma.

“Women impacted by interpersonal violence and substance abuse are often invisible when in our programs or perceived as disruptive when their substance use becomes evident or unmanageable. Many times women with co-occurring issues are missing from community programs altogether…

Every domestic violence/sexual assault program has strengths and challenges impacting our ability to provide services. Unfortunately many advocacy programs are under-equipped to address co-occurring issues impacting women’s safety and health. In order to better extend services and advocacy to battered women with separate issues of substance use, misuse or addiction we must expand our current practices and explore new strategies to address safety and support wellness.”

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