National Domestic Violence Awareness Month
According to the National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health, a person experiencing domestic violence (DV) or intimate partner violence (IPV) is at an exponentially greater risk of also experiencing PTSD, depression, anxiety, suicidality, and substance use disorder (SUD). Victims of intimate partner violence who have mental health and/or substance use disorders are also more frequently exposed to forms of abuse that weaponize their illness. This kind of abuse could be the threat of being labeled "crazy" by an abusive partner within a high-stakes setting (e.g., a custody hearing) or it could be a partner's coercive actions in relation to the victim's substance use disorder, such as sabotaging recovery efforts or interfering with access to treatment.
The Great Lakes MHTTC has partnered with the National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health to provide a 5-part webinar series focused on the intersection of intimate partner violence with mental health and SUD, as well as how to identify IPV and what it means to take an integrated approach to addressing, preventing, and recovering from an abusive relationship.
REGISTER NOW for the final webinar in the Let's Talk About Intimate Partner Violence series taking place on October 27, 9:00 AM–10:30 AM CT: Let's Talk About Intimate Partner Violence: Family-Centered Approaches for Domestic Violence: Keeping Survivors' Children's Needs in Mind
You can access the prior webinar recordings, IPV fact sheets, and other training materials from the rest of the Let's Talk About Intimate Partner Violence series on the Great Lake MHTTC products page.
Visit SAMHSA.gov for more information about domestic violence and resources for supporting survivors of domestic violence.
Get connected to national domestic violence hotlines and other online support services by visiting the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence website.