Re-viewing treatment for female addicted victims of domestic violence

Carl Scott Freeman Gustafson (2000)

This study explores the intervention strategies used by providers while working with women who are addicted victims of domestic violence ("AVDV"). The central hypothesis of this study is that the current treatment system traditionally views substance abuse and domestic violence as two distinct problems with two separate sets of interventions being provided by separate service providers. The intent is to facilitate a discussion that may lead to a re-viewing of intervention strategies, with the hypothesis that more integrated treatment or increased cooperation between providers will lead to reduced recidivism, decreases in the gaps in service delivery and may save women's lives. The object of this inquiry is to obtain data from service providers in three states: Alabama, California and Massachusetts. The goal is to asses what services are offered, how the services are being provided, and the extent and nature of any cooperative treatment with other providers. Descriptive analysis of programmatic practices, client and provider demographic features is utilized to assess and characterize the data.