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LDAN Domestic Violence project


LDAN was funded by London Councils to deliver a four-year Domestic Violence project with a focus on the development of a cross-sectoral network and the regular hosting of peer support meetings. The project, which ran from October 2009-March 2013, supported organisations to achieve an overall reduction in the impact and occurrence of domestic violence, abuse and repeat victimisation. The project worked with agencies who deliver services to survivors as well as perpetrators of domestic violence. LDAN is committed to increasing public awareness of the impact of perpetrator programmes and the unacceptability of violent behaviour and domestic abuse.


To find out more about the Domestic Violence project, please contact Gemma Lousley, DrugScope/LDAN Policy and Engagement Officer, at gemmal@drugscope.org.uk, or on 020 7234 9735.


Domestic Violence Report

Making the connection: Developing integrated approaches to domestic violence and substance misuse (PDF) is the final report of the Domestic Violence project. The report provides facts and figures relating to domestic violence and substance misuse, gives an overview of the current policy context, and summarises the key learning from the project. It also provides a list of helpful contacts and resources. It is hoped the report will act as a useful and ongoing resource for practitioners working in the domestic violence, substance misuse and related sectors, as well as for local commissioners.

LDAN News DV Special

LDAN produced a Domestic Violence Special Edition of LDAN News in 2010 with contributions from key project partners. It includes domestic violence and substance misuse sector news, opinion pieces, project profiles and service user testimonies.


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In partnership with the Stella Project, LDAN produced a new briefing on Risk management: what it means for the domestic violence and the substance misuse sectors (PDF) which includes key information for drug and alcohol and domestic violence workers on identifying risk.

LDAN has produced a briefing that explores the links between substance misuse and domestic violence (PDF) and outlines the current research, responsible bodies, legislation and policy that relates to this issue.

Domestic Violence Network Events:


Latest events:

End of project event March 2013


The final network meeting of the LDAN Domestic Violence project took place on 26th March 2013 at the Resource Centre, Holloway Road. The meeting, which went ahead under the title of ‘Where next?’, was chaired by DrugScope’s Chief Executive, Martin Barnes. Dr Gail Gilchrist of the University of Greenwich gave a detailed presentation that asked ‘should we address intimate partner violence in substance misuse treatment?’; Dr Nicola Singleton, former Director of Policy and Research at the UK Drug Policy Commission, and Shannon Harvey of the Stella Project presented emerging findings from a forthcoming DrugScope/AVA (Against Violence and Abuse) research report on sex workers’ experiences of drug and alcohol services; Anna Page of St Mungo’s spoke about their ‘Rebuilding shattered lives’ project; and Davina James-Hanman of AVA presented on the new London Councils-funded, pan-London violence against women programme that has recently got underway. Marcus Roberts, DrugScope’s Director of Policy and Membership, closed the meeting by pointing to future LDAN/DrugScope work in this area, including the final report of the Domestic Violence project, which is available here, and DrugScope and AVA’s research report, which is due to be published in Summer 2013.


Should we address intimate partner violence in substance misuse treatment? Dr Gail Gilchrist, University of Greenwich (PDF 1.3MB)

New findings on women with substance misuse problems involved in prostitution – Dr Nicola Singleton, former Director of Policy and Research, UKDPC and Shannon Harvey, Stella Project, AVA (PPT 1.2MB)


St Mungo’s Rebuilding Shattered Lives project – Anna Page, Policy, Public Affairs and Research Manager, St Mungo’s (PPT 700KB)


Next steps: A new London Councils funded programme to support the domestic violence sector – Davina James-Hanman, CEO, AVA (PPT 1.9MB)


Final network meeting agenda (WORD 147KB)


Dual Diagnosis & Domestic Violence September 2012


The latest LDAN Domestic Violence Forum was held on the 10th September at the Criminal Justice Centre in Vauxhall with dual-diagnosis and domestic violence as the theme. Presentations came from Marcus Roberts, DrugScope’s Director of Policy and Membership, who provided a policy overview of the issues, Jennifer Holly of Against Violence and Abuse, who looked domestic violence survivors and dual diagnosis, and Colin Fitzgerald of Respect, who looked at perpetrators with dual diagnosis. These followed general updates on the new London Councils priorities from Maxine Quintyne-Kolaru, and Annette Ashley provided an update from the Women’s Resource Centre.


Treat me like a human being, like someone who matters” Jennifer Holly, Stella Project Mental Health Initiative Coordinator (PPT 0.4MB)


Approaches to Perpetrators of Domestic Violence: Dual diagnosis? Colin Fitzgerald of Respect (PPT 1.0MB)


Police & Crime Commissioners (PCCs) Annette Ashley, Women’s Resource Centre(PPT 1.1MB)


Domestic abuse and drug/alcohol use in LGBT communities July 2012


This meeting of the LDAN Domestic Violence Network considered the experience of domestic abuse and substance problems in LGBT communities, with a particular focus on access to services. Cat Everett, Domestic and Sexual Abuse Caseworker at Galop, identified and discussed key issues in working with LGBT victims of abuse. Wendy Wilde, Client Service Manager at Broken Rainbow, discussed their work, including campaigns to challenge stereo-types and encourage people to come forward for help, and the experience of running an LGBT domestic violence phone line. David Stuart, Antidote’s Education, Training and Outreach Manager, talked about patterns of substance misuse, highlighting more problematic use of ‘Club Drugs’, including methamphetamine, GHB and mephedone.

Cat Everett, LGBT domestic abuse (PPT 3MB)


Wendy Wilde, Broken rainbow – LGBT domestic violence services (PPT 7MB)


David Stuart, LGBT communities and Club Drugs (PPT 2MB)


Please click on any of the events below to get more information, presentations etc. Each link opens in a new window.


Previous events:


Domestic violence, substance misuse and men (May 2012)


Domestic violence, substance misuse and young people (March 2012)


Young People as Perpetrators of Domestic Violence (October 2011)


Domestic Violence and Substance Misuse – Working Together in a New Climate (February 2011)


Keeping Families Safe in the Substance Misuse and Domestic Violence Sectors (September 2010)


Risk Management for the Substance Misuse and Domestic Violence Sectors (June 2010)


Working With and Understanding Perpetrators (February 2010)


LDAN Domestic Violence project launch (October 2009)

DrugScope/LDAN articles:


Jennifer Holly (AVA) 'Curiosity lies in wait for every secret', Druglink, January/February 2012 (PDF)


'Domestic violence project gains momentum' Druglink, July/August 2011 (PDF)


Lyn Matthews 'Back to the Street', Druglink, July/August 2011 (PDF)


'Drug services patchy on domestic violence issues', Druglink, May/June 2011 (PDF)

Key agencies:


Adfam is the leading national organisation working with and for families affected by drugs and alcohol. Adfam provides direct support to families through publications, training, prison visitors' centres, outreach work and signposting to local support services. As the voice of families the charity provides consultation on best practice in drug and alcohol related family work and have written several guides for professionals and commissioners. www.adfam.org.uk


Respect is the UK membership association for domestic violence perpetrator programmes and associated support services. Its vision is to end violence and abuse in intimate partner and close family relationships. Its key focus is on promoting, supporting, delivering and developing effective interventions with perpetrators. The Respect helpline offers information and advice to people who are abusive towards their partners and want help to stop. The Respect phoneline is open Monday - Friday 10am-1pm and 2pm-5pm 0845 122 8609. www.respect.uk.net

AVA (Stella Project)

The Stella Project started as a partnership between the Greater London Domestic Violence Project (GLDVP) and the Greater London Alcohol and Drug Alliance (GLADA) in 2003. In 2010 as the GLDVP made steps to incorporate wider forms of violence against women and girls into its new remit of AVA (Against Violence and Abuse), the Stella Project incorporated sexual violence and mental health into the scope of its work. This was in recognition of the level of sexual violence experienced by women in particular who access drug and alcohol treatment services and in recognition of the research highlighting drug and alcohol use as coping mechanisms for experiences of trauma. www.avaproject.org.uk/our-projects/stella-project.aspx

Domestic Violence Intervention Project (DVIP)

DVIP is a groundbreaking voluntary sector project and registered charity which was set up in 1991. DVIP's main aim is to increase the safety of women and children who experience domestic violence by providing a range of diverse services challenging men, supporting women, working in partnership, influencing policy and campaigning for change. To find out more, please go to www.dvip.org

Drugs and Alcohol Service for London (DASL)

DASL is a London based charity that helps communities to tackle the problems caused by drug and alcohol misuse. Its aim is to help build stronger, safer and healthier communities where everyone has the opportunity to realise their full potential. With over 25 years experience of providing substance misuse, education, training and outreach services, DASL has developed innovative projects working with Black and Asian communities, lesbians and gay men, older people and people in contact with the criminal justice system. It is also very experienced in supporting people with difficulties related to mental health as well as people experiencing domestic violence. To find out more, please go to www.alcoholeast.org.uk/