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Programme responses for men who perpetrate intimate partner violence in the context of alcohol or other drugs: a scoping review

Van Nguyen (Department of Social Work, The University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia)
Margaret Kertesz (Department of Social Work, The University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia)
Jennifer Davidson (Department of Social Work, The University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia)
Cathy Humphreys (Department of Social Work, The University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia)
Anne-Marie Laslett (Centre for Alcohol Policy Research, La Trobe University, Bundoora, Australia; National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University, Perth, Australia and School of Population and Global Health, The University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia)

Advances in Dual Diagnosis

ISSN: 1757-0972

Article publication date: 10 January 2023

Issue publication date: 9 February 2023

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Abstract

Purpose

Substance use plays a significant role in the perpetration of much intimate partner violence (IPV). However, responses to these two issues are rarely integrated. Single focus programme responses can lead to poor outcomes for men as well as their families experiencing these intersecting issues. This scoping paper aims to establish the current state of knowledge on contextual factors influencing the development and implementation of combined programmes.

Design/methodology/approach

Four electronic databases were systematically searched in May 2021 and December 2021. Twenty-one peer-reviewed studies reporting on ten programmes were included.

Findings

This scoping review revealed that combined programme responses are an underdeveloped area of research and evaluation. The limited evidence base indicated systemic barriers hindering services’ capacity to expand this field of work, affecting implementation and outcomes. Support is required from the wider service systems to intervene in men’s perpetration of IPV in the context of substance use.

Practical implications

Findings in this scoping review demonstrate the importance of fostering a coordinated and collective response to IPV in the context of substance use. Combined programmes have the potential to reduce siloed practices, enabling more holistic responses for men with intersecting issues. However, researchers and policymakers must also address contextual issues hindering or enabling combined programmes’ implementation and development.

Originality/value

Mapping the evidence based on combined programmes provides direction for further development and research to expand this field of inquiry.

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Acknowledgements

This work was supported by the Australian Research Council (LP200200847). Laslett is funded by a Victorian Near-miss Award administered by veski for the Victorian Health and Medical Research Workforce Project on behalf of the Victorian Government and the Association of Australian Medical Research Institutes with funding provided by the Victorian Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions.

Citation

Nguyen, V., Kertesz, M., Davidson, J., Humphreys, C. and Laslett, A.-M. (2023), "Programme responses for men who perpetrate intimate partner violence in the context of alcohol or other drugs: a scoping review", Advances in Dual Diagnosis, Vol. 16 No. 1, pp. 24-53. https://doi.org/10.1108/ADD-07-2022-0021

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