When Domestic Violence Perpetration, Substance Abuse, and Mental Health Meet

Many families impacted by domestic violence perpetrators’ behaviors have multiple, complex, intersecting issues. In the past, we might have referred to these as co-occurring issues. But the language of co-occurrence often doesn’t provide us with a sense of how these issues interact.  Using an intersections framework, versus a co-occurrence framework, we increase perpetrator accountability, improve our ability to diagnosis and treat each member of the family, and improve our ability to help the adult and children survivors. This course will provide guidance on how to understand the connections, or intersections, and make them work for us in our practice.