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Intimate Partner Violence in Treatment for Substance Use Disorders

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This 1.5 hour module is intended to assist substance use disorder treatment providers in working with those who are currently or have in the past experienced violence in intimate relationships and those who use violence in intimate relationships. The reasons for addressing violence during treatment for substance use disorders are presented, including the impact of intimate partner violence on those who experience it and on children who witness it. The interaction of violence and substance use is also discussed. This is followed by information on how to screen and begin to address violence, with a goal of helping clients to recognize their need for specific services to address the violence. Interventions and services for both those experiencing violence and those using violence are discussed, followed by a section on how providers of substance use treatment and providers of domestic violence services can work together to provide integrated services for those who are effected by both issues.

Continuing Education Units

The above listed Distance Learning program has been approved for 1.5 Social Work Continuing Education hours in accordance with the Regulation of the Board of Registration of Social Workers, 258 CMR 31.00. Social Work Auth. D 73875.
This program has been approved for 1.5 Category I Contact Hours; MaMHCA Approval 18-0825.
This program has been approved for 1.5 Contact Hours of Training Credit from The Mass. Department of Public Health, BSAS LADC Unit.


  1. Name and describe three categories of intimate partner violence
  2. Describe the impact of intimate partner violence on children
  3. Explain the ways in which intimate partner violence and substance use interact
  4. Effectively screen for intimate partner violence
  5. Have conversations with clients who have experienced or used violence and assist them in recognizing the need for services to address the violence
  6. Effectively collaborate with violence service providers

If you have any questions or difficulty accessing the training, contact David Stanley at

These training modules have been developed by the Institute for Health & Recovery with funding provided by Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Bureau of Substance Addiction Services.

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