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Complicated Matters: Domestic and Sexual Violence, Substance Use and Mental Distress (CPD Accredited)

Domestic and sexual violence, problematic substance use and mental distress are three issues which often co-exist. And when they do, things can become complicated. This course is designed to ‘uncomplicate’ matters by raising your awareness about how the three issues interlink and reflecting on the most effective ways to engage with individuals and families.

This course is aimed at health and social care practitioners and has been developed alongside a toolkit which you can download here. You will find links to the toolkit throughout the course.

  • You will begin to explore how the three issues interlink and consider the basic principles of working with victims of domestic and sexual violence who are also affected by substance use problems and/or mental distress.
  • You will learn about the most common responses to traumatic experiences such as domestic and sexual violence, and consider the different ways in which survivors use prescribed medication, alcohol and illicit drugs and way of coping with trauma and the subsequent responses.
  • You will learn how to appropriately ask about, and respond to disclosures of, domestic and sexual violence, substance use and mental distress.
  • You will have an overview of survivors most common needs, some of which relate to the way in which services provide interventions rather than the type of intervention itself.
  • People who experience violence and abuse, substance use and mental health problems are at risk of harm – from themselves and others. You will consider how to manage internal, relational and external safety.
  • You will gain an introduction into crisis management and the different systems in place to protect people from harm.
  • You will consider the impact of abuse, substance use and mental distress on adults’ parenting skills and consider safe ways to work with parents and families affected by these issues.
  • You will unpick some of the myths about perpetrators behaviour and the association with alcohol and mental health problems. We also look at safe ways to address perpetrators’ behaviours.
  • You will consider some of the barriers to effective multi-agency working and outlines ways to improve partnership working.


Our e-learning courses are £30 per course for individuals with discounts for 5 or more users. More information on our pricing can be found on our FAQ page and our downloadable training brochure. When paying on the e-learning site the PayPal option also offers payment using debit/credit cards. If you have any issues or feedback please fill in our training enquiry form.

Please also contact us if you would like to talk to us about developing e-learning as a stand alone tool or as part of a blended learning package.

To access this course please sign up here.

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