This paper reports an Australian project designed to simultaneously explore and capacity build professional practice when working at the intersection of parental mental health and/or problematic substance use and domestic violence (DV). Data from this paper are derived from two main sources: observations and ethnographic notes obtained during 28 Community of Practice (CoP) meetings and semi-structured interviews with 28 CoP participants. Participants were front-line workers from a range of government and non-government organizations providing services to families experiencing DV across three Australian states who participated in The STACY Project: Safe and Together Addressing ComplexitY.
Thematic analysis was employed to examine the research questions:
- How do professionals and organizations understand and respond to families experiencing DV, parental mental health difficulties and problematic substance use issues?
- How did practitioners report participation in the STACY Project reorienting professional practice with families experiencing DV, parental mental health difficulties, and substance misuse issues?
This paper reports workers’ exploration of practice implications. The research found that ‘domestic violence blind’ practice has become entrenched at the intersections of child protection, substance misuse and mental health problems, but a shared framework could bring practitioners from diverse sectors together to generate new ways of working with these complex problems.
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Researchers: Humphreys, C., Heward‐Belle, S., Tsantefski, M., Isobe, J., & Healey, L.
Citation: Humphreys, C., Heward‐Belle, S., Tsantefski, M., Isobe, J., & Healey, L. (2022). Beyond co‐occurrence: addressing the intersections of domestic violence, mental health and substance misuse. Child & Family Social Work, 27(2), 299-310.