Course Summary and Description:
This Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) primarily represents the views of domestic violence experts. Through work with both survivors and perpetrators of domestic violence and research literature, an integrated knowledge base about substance abuse and domestic violence and system of integrated care has been outlined. This TIP focuses only on men who abuse their female partners and women who are battered by their male partners. Researchers have found that one-fourth to one-half of men who commit acts of domestic violence also have substance abuse problems. Studies also show that women who abuse alcohol and other drugs are more likely to be victims of domestic violence.
Chapter 1 – establishes the connections between substance abuse and domestic violence. While there is no direct cause-and-effect link, the use of alcohol and other drugs by either partner is a risk factor for domestic violence.
Chapters 2 and 3 – provide an overview of, respectively, survivor clients and batterer clients, each of whom present complex treatment challenges.
Chapter 4 – builds on this information and discusses screening and referral in more detail.
Chapter 5 – discusses the Federal, State, and local regulations that bear upon domestic violence, particularly the 1994 Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). Also covered are issues such as restraining orders, duty to warn, the legal obligation to report threats and past crimes, and confidentiality.
Chapter 6 – recommends linkages between substance abuse treatment programs and domestic violence programs and among other agencies as well. A model for systemic reform is provided in addition to suggestions for implementing community-based systems of coordinated care.
About the Instructor:
Dr. John H. Tinsley is a former assistant professor of Medical Physiology at the Texas A&M University System College of Medicine. He received his Ph.D. from Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas; M.S. from the University of North Carolina; and his B.S. from the University of Oklahoma.
He has been teaching, training, consulting and conducting research in the fields of Medical Physiology and Behavioral Biology for over twenty-nine years. Dr. Tinsley has authored over twenty-five professional and refereed articles, including invited reviews. He has been a member of the American Society for Physiology, and work done in 2001 led to an international award from The European Society on Microcirculation. Dr. Tinsley has received research funding from the Veteran’s Administration, American Heart Association, and Scott and White Hospital. In addition, he has served on numerous review committees for national grant-funding agencies and scientific journals.