ACRTI Core Curriculum – Module 7 – Trauma-Informed Advocacy and Substance Use


Domestic and sexual violence (DSV) can have significant effects on one’s health, including increased risk for substance use concerns. In addition to using substances in order to cope with experiences of violence, survivors may also be coerced to use substances, face increased violence if they do not use substances, and have their attempts to engage treatment and recovery sabotaged by a partner or ex-partner – all tactics of substance use coercion. Many advocates feel unprepared to help survivors address concerns related to substance use and substance use coercion. This training supports advocates in applying an Accessible, Culturally Responsive and Trauma-Informed (ACRTI) approach to supporting survivors who use substances.

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