Their Own Fault?

A Study Guide to Female Victims of Violence with Substance Abuse or Addiction Problems


Women with substance abuse or addiction problems often find themselves in situations that increase the risk of being subjected to violence. More than other women, they encounter and internalise the attitude that the violence is their own fault. The violence is often regarded as a result of their substance abuse or addiction and is therefore overlooked or denied, making it harder for the women to obtain support and assistance.

The guide primarily targets professionals that help women with substance abuse or addiction problems: the social services, substance abuse and addiction care providers, the health care system, women’s shelters, crime victim support centres and other non-profit organisations. The police, judicial system and other and other authorities may also benefit from the guide.

The objective of the guide is to raise awareness and skills among professionals, and that they will be in a better position to provide these women the protection, support and assistance they need.

The guide proceeds from literature and research in the area, as well as interviews with practitioners who have experience in helping female victims of violence. It is also based on a systematic review of international studies concerning effective methods that focus on female victims of violence with substance abuse and addiction problems.

This guide has been designed for two different uses: – as a source of information and reference for personnel at relevant organisations – as a basis for inter-professional training. Each chapter concludes with several questions for discussion.

(Swedish title: Skylla sig själv? – utbildningsmaterial om våld mot kvinnor med missbruks- eller beroendeproblem)

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Year: 2012
Article number: 2012-2-16
ISBN: 978-91-87169-03-8
Format: POD
Pages: 93
Language: Engelska
Price (VAT included): 90 kr