Coexisting: The Relationship Between Substance Use Disorder and Domestic Violence

People involved in domestic abuse and substance use frequently feel shame, and that shame, combined with societal attitudes and judgment, can create barriers to effective, equitable care and access to critical resources.

  • What is Coexisting? Coexisting is a 4-session intervention that helps clients understand the frequent co-occurrence of domestic violence (DV) and substance use disorder (SUD) (which is a common trauma-response behavior). This program gives survivors access to support and resources they need to connect with others, build resilience, create effective safety plans, and seek the mental and medical healthcare they need to thrive.

Trainings are facilitated by Tia Hughes and Sarah Sumpter and are available upon request.

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Funding provided by grants from the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, United Way of East TN Highlands, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Drug Free Communities Program, National Recreation and Parks Association and others.  

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