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					The Stella Project Newsletter Summer 2005
Welcome to the Stella Project summer newsletter! The Stella Project promotes good practice and supports direct service providers across the drug, alcohol and domestic violence sectors in Greater London. We publish four editions of this newsletter a year, distributing key information about the links between domestic violence and substance use. The main focus of this newsletter is training; both provided by the Stella Project but also other London based service providers. If you would like any information included or topics covered please contact Michelle Newcomb on 020 7785 3862 or email michelle.newcomb@gldvp.org.uk.

RESERVE THESE DATES!!!
A Bitter Pill to Swallow: Untangling perceptions about domestic violence, substance use and mental distress.
GLDVP is holding this exciting conference on the 27th and 28th of October. The conference will provide opportunities for a wide variety of service providers to explore and understand the links between domestic violence, substance use and mental health. A conference flyer will be delivered to your inbox very soon – stay tuned!

Improving the Options for Women: conference report published
On 24 January 2005 the Stella Project supported by the Greater London Alcohol and Drug Alliance (GLADA) and London Drug and Alcohol Network held a one-day event, Alcohol and Drugs in London - Improving the Options for Women. The event was attended by a large audience of stakeholders from the alcohol and drug field including service users, front-line practitioners, service managers, commissioners and policy makers. Special time and mention was given to the issue of domestic violence and substance use. Find the online report at: http://www.london.gov.uk/gla/publications/health.jsp

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The Stella Project contact Michelle Newcomb Telephone: 020 7785 3862 Email: michelle.newcomb@gldvp.org.uk 1st Floor, Downstream Building, 1 London Bridge, London SE1 9BG

News Articles
 Study uncovers drug addict abuse Nearly two thirds of female and a quarter of male drug addicts in Scotland have been physically abused by their partners, according to new research http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/4549383.stm  Needs of victims of domestic violence with substance misuse problems not met Victims of domestic violence with substance misuse problems are being turned away because their needs are seen as too complex, women’s organisations warned today http://www.communitycare.co.uk/articles/article.asp?liarticleid=49344&liSectionID=3&liParentI D=2  Despite Alternatives, Addictive Drugs Most Often Prescribed For Sleep Problems Nearly one out of two visits to a doctor's office for help with a sleep disorder result in the prescription of potentially addictive medications, a new study reports. http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/newssearch.php?newsid=25416  Dark side to little white pill Coming off anti-depressants can be tough, writes Sarah Clayton. http://smh.com.au/articles/2005/06/16/1118869018803.html?oneclick=true  Disturbed inmates put jails 'on edge' 'You have got that real toxic mix of substance use, which you often find in women prisoners is a way of coping with other forms of abuse which have happened in the past.’ http://observer.guardian.co.uk/uk_news/story/0,,1510001,00.html  'Obsessive' stabbed ex's son, 11 The court heard the defendant, who had a drugs problem and had been drinking at the time of the attack, had wanted to make his ex-girlfriend "suffer" for leaving him after eight years. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/4704611.stm  Bashed woman 'dragged from bed' Police have alleged that she was raped, beaten, burnt and stabbed by her former boyfriend, Joseph Anthony Timbery, while she was trapped in a cycle of drugs and alcohol. http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5744,16152375%255E29277,00.h tml  'I was drunk' says Phuket killer The former boyfriend of a teacher found dead in Thailand has told the BBC he killed her when he was drunk. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/northamptonshire/4744359.stm

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The Stella Project contact Michelle Newcomb Telephone: 020 7785 3862 Email: michelle.newcomb@gldvp.org.uk 1st Floor, Downstream Building, 1 London Bridge, London SE1 9BG

 Judges say new drink laws are lunacy A report from senior judges in England and Wales told the Home Office to expect a big increase in rapes, domestic violence and serious assaults as a result of the new law allowing 24-hour drinking, which comes into force in November http://politics.guardian.co.uk/homeaffairs/story/0,11026,1545879,00.html  Violence fear over new drink laws Plans to relax drinking laws in England and Wales will lead to a sharp increase in violent crime, judges have warned. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/4134772.stm  24-hour drinking lunacy, say judges Judges have warned the Government that there will be "an inevitable explosion in alcoholfuelled violence" when the licensing laws are relaxed this year. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2005/08/10/nalco10.xml&sSheet=/n ews/2005/08/10/ixnewstop.html  The Stella Project’s response to the Royal Court of Judges Announcement It is unfortunate that judges' recent comments seem to make an almost causal link between alcohol and domestic violence. – Letter to the Editor of the Guardian http://www.guardian.co.uk/letters/story/0,,1547558,00.html

Web based Information
 What a waste: The Case for an Integrated Violence Against Women Strategy This report examines women’s experience of violence in the UK, including domestic violence, forced marriage, rape and sexual assault, sexual harassment, so-called ‘honour crimes’ and trafficking in women. For example, victims of rape and sexual assault are subject to a ‘postcode lottery’ with regard to the support they can expect from the police and criminal justice system; women who are trafficked and forced into prostitution can find themselves charged with criminal or immigration offences, and are often deported back to countries where they may be at risk; there is no statutory support available for immigrant or refugee women if they suffer domestic violence. The report concludes that there would be great benefits to government and to the whole community, as well as to victims, if a more integrated strategic approach to violence against women was adopted For more information visit: www.thewnc.org.uk  Healing the Family Corekids, is a charity that treats adults and children as part of the same intertwined package. Ian May set up the Corekids programme while working as an adult psychotherapist with the Core Trust. After years of working with parents with drug and alcohol addiction, he began to think about the implications of sending them back into ‘families that were completely untouched’: ‘They were undergoing enormous amounts of change, then going back into environments where nobody had been able to adjust to that level of change.’ http://www.drinkanddrugs.net/features/june1305/healingthefamily.pdf

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The Stella Project contact Michelle Newcomb Telephone: 020 7785 3862 Email: michelle.newcomb@gldvp.org.uk 1st Floor, Downstream Building, 1 London Bridge, London SE1 9BG

 Full Bodied Facts Excellent information from Scotland on women and alcohol. Good practice guidance for practitioners in relation to safe usage and asking questions. Whether you’re concerned about your own alcohol consumption, someone else’s, or you’d just like to be better informed, this quick guide will arm you with the facts. http://www.womenandalcohol.info/pdf/full-bodied-facts.pdf

Campaigns
 Abused, Addicted, Mentally ill. Prison - Best Place for Them?

SmartJustice believes that locking up women who are vulnerable and desperate rather than inherently bad does little to reduce their offending behaviour. SmartJustice for Women is campaigning for more alternatives to prison and community projects that tackle the causes of women’s offending. http://www.smartjustice.org/women/  Women’s Aid launches campaign to raise awareness of links between domestic violence and mental health, drug or alcohol misuse

The campaign focuses on the key role that health professionals can play in supporting women experiencing domestic violence who access their services. It highlights how many women resort to alcohol or drugs as a response to coping with the abuse and shows how domestic violence can lead to depression or anxiety disorders and exacerbate existing mental health conditions such as schizophrenia. Women’s Aid has developed a set of three awareness-raising posters and a campaign leaflet to encourage health professionals and domestic violence organisations to understand the links between domestic violence and health issues. These resources will also encourage health professionals to access domestic violence training to help them identify those being abused so that effective support can be provided. The new resources, supported by the Department of Health, are on sale from Women’s Aid at 30p per poster and 50p per leaflet. Please call 0117 944 4411 for an order form.

Training
 Thursday 1st September – PLACES STILL LEFT!

Drug and Alcohol Awareness Training. The Stella Project will be providing basic domestic violence awareness training for drug and alcohol workers. Topics covered: What is domestic violence, Why do people stay in violent relationships, ‘in her shoes’ interactive exercise, safety planning and an overview of the domestic violence sector. Contact: Michelle Newcomb – 0207785 3862 or michelle.newcomb@gldvp.org.uk

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The Stella Project contact Michelle Newcomb Telephone: 020 7785 3862 Email: michelle.newcomb@gldvp.org.uk 1st Floor, Downstream Building, 1 London Bridge, London SE1 9BG

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Tuesday 13th September

Alcohol awareness presented by Drug & Alcohol Education Services - 020 7553 3028, email, website  Wednesday 14th September

Woman’s Trust ‘Legal & Housing options for women experiencing domestic violence.’ The course will cover the following issues: the criminal justice system; short term occupancy rights for women whose relationships have broken down due to domestic violence; civil law injunctions (non-molestation orders and occupation orders); Protection from Harassment Act; temporary and long term housing options; and housing legislation. NB All applicants should have previous training in domestic violence awareness. Fees for training: Voluntary Sector £80, Statutory sector £125. Contact: Heidi Sabrautzky, Woman's Trust, Top Floor ,Unit 1 Kensington Cloisters,5 Kensington Church St, London W8 4LD or 020 7795 6444/6999 or administrator@wtrust.entadsl.com or www.womanstrust.org.uk.  Thursday 15th September

Woman’s Trust ‘Counselling Skills for Front Line Professionals.’ New CSCT one day counselling skills course. The course is aimed to raise participants understanding of: interpersonal skills; identifying and overcoming barriers to good communication; impact of self-awareness in communication; and ethical interaction with clients. Counselling experience is not required for this course. Participants will receive an attendance certificate. Fees for training: Voluntary Sector £80, Statutory sector £125. Contact: Heidi Sabrautzky, Woman's Trust, Top Floor ,Unit 1 Kensington Cloisters,5 Kensington Church St, London W8 4LD or 020 7795 6444/6999 or administrator@wtrust.entadsl.com or www.womanstrust.org.uk.  Wednesday – Friday 21 - 23 September 2005

Sexual Abuse and Drug Use. Increasingly, male and female drug users disclose sexual abuse in childhood. Some clients disclose this abuse for the first time to a drug worker. Problematic drug use and sexual abuse may become associated with each other, and their impacts difficult to disentangle. This course aims to enable professionals to work more effectively with adult drug users who have been sexually abused. It provides opportunities for experiential work. Delegates are expected to attend the course in full and to have an understanding of drug use. For further information on the next available course please contact the HIT Training Department on 0870 990 9704 or email training@hit.org.uk  Tuesday and Wednesday 27-28th September

Advanced drugs awareness. This course is targeted at those who have completed a basic drugs awareness course and who wish to learn more about general drug issues. It will cover a range of areas and is designed to give participants more knowledge and confidence when discussing drugs issues. It takes forward topics, which are relevant to the drugs field, and explores them in further detail. Mainliners - 020 7378 5480, email

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The Stella Project contact Michelle Newcomb Telephone: 020 7785 3862 Email: michelle.newcomb@gldvp.org.uk 1st Floor, Downstream Building, 1 London Bridge, London SE1 9BG

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Tuesday 27th September

Woman’s Trust ‘Domestic Violence Awareness Training.’ The course is aimed at all staff working in agencies working with women and children experiencing domestic violence and will cover the following issues: definitions and statistics, different forms of domestic violence and their impact upon women, children's experience of domestic violence, why women may remain in or return to violent relationships, equalities issues, help and services available to women and children experiencing domestic violence and good practice guidelines. Fees for training: voluntary sector £80, statutory sector £125. Contact: Heidi Sabrautzky, Woman's Trust, Top Floor ,Unit 1 Kensington Cloisters,5 Kensington Church St, London W8 4LD or 020 7795 6444/6999 or administrator@wtrust.entadsl.com or www.womanstrust.org.uk.  Friday 30th September Stella Project Domestic Violence Training for drug and alcohol managers. Do you manage a drug and alcohol service? Unsure on how to support and instruct staff in relation to domestic violence? What are your legal requirements as a service provider? What about child protection issues? The Stella Project is providing practical training for managers of drug & alcohol services in the autumn of 2005. Organisations should consider sending the following staff: senior project workers, team leaders, deputy and senior managers and service directors. The training is not suitable for regular, front line staff. For more info contact Michelle on michelle.newcomb@gldvp.org.uk or 020 7785 3862.  Tuesday 5th October Woman’s Trust ‘Children and Domestic Violence.’ The course is aimed at all staff working in agencies working with women and children experiencing domestic violence and will cover the following issues: ways in which children experience domestic violence, impact of domestic violence on children, impact of domestic violence on parenting, child protection issues, issues related to residency and contact, prevention work and sources of help & good practice. Please note that you need to have attended Woman’s Trust Domestic Violence Awareness Training in order to attend this course. Fees for training: voluntary sector £80, statutory sector £125 Contact: Heidi Sabrautzky, Woman's Trust, Top Floor ,Unit 1 Kensington Cloisters,5 Kensington Church St, London W8 4LD or 020 7795 6444/6999 or administrator@wtrust.entadsl.com or www.womanstrust.org.uk.  Friday 7th October

Drug and Alcohol Awareness Training. The Stella Project will be providing basic drug and alcohol awareness training for domestic violence workers in the London borough of Hackney. Topics covered: What are the most commonly used substances – effects, appearance and general knowledge, the continuum of substance use, legal issues and how to ask about drug and alcohol use in a domestic violence setting. For more info contact Michelle on michelle.newcomb@gldvp.org.uk or phone 020 7785 3862.

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The Stella Project contact Michelle Newcomb Telephone: 020 7785 3862 Email: michelle.newcomb@gldvp.org.uk 1st Floor, Downstream Building, 1 London Bridge, London SE1 9BG

 Wednesday 19th October Stella Project Drug and alcohol training for Domestic Violence managers. Do you manage a domestic violence service? Unsure on how to support and instruct staff in relation to substance use? What are your legal requirements as a service provider? What about child protection issues? The Stella Project is providing practical training for managers of domestic violence services in the autumn of 2005. Organisations should consider sending the following staff: senior project workers, team leaders, deputy and senior managers and service directors. The training is not suitable for regular, front line staff. For more info contact Michelle on michelle.newcomb@gldvp.org.uk or phone 020 7785 3862.  Thursday 3rd November Woman’s Trust ‘Managing Stress.’ New Central School for Counselling Training one-day counselling skills training course. The course aims to help participants identify physical and behavioural signs of stress (in ourselves, colleagues and clients) and identify ways to reduce stress. By taking steps to reduce our stress levels and achieving a satisfactory work-life balance we improve our capacity to support both clients and colleagues effectively. A counselling qualification is not required for this course. Participants will receive an attendance certificate. Fees for training: Voluntary Sector £80, Statutory sector £125. Contact: Heidi Sabrautzky, Woman's Trust, Top Floor ,Unit 1 Kensington Cloisters,5 Kensington Church St, London W8 4LD or 020 7795 6444/6999 or administrator@wtrust.entadsl.com or www.womanstrust.org.uk.  Tuesday and Wednesday, 8-9th November 2005 Basic drugs awareness. This course will cover a range of areas to provide participants with a good basic knowledge of Drugs and related issues. It is designed to help increase understanding of drug use and increase confidence in talking about drug issues. This course is aimed at those workers new to the drugs field or who wish to refresh their knowledge about Drugs and related issues. It will be beneficial to anyone working with drug misusers or who has an interest in drug misuse. Mainliners - 020 7378 5480, email

Conferences
 Thursday – 20th October

Substance Misuse - Domestic Abuse: Making Links - Glasgow Organised by Scottish Women's Aid. This event aims to: highlight the links between domestic abuse and substance use; challenge the myths that surround domestic abuse and substance use; identify barriers to effective service provision to women with multiple needs; explore the effects of living with domestic abuse and substance misuse on children and young people; highlight the challenges and opportunities for cross-sectoral work. Speakers will include Michelle Newcomb (The Stella Project), Carol Reid (GINA), indigo V (Scottish Women’s Aid) and Biba

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The Stella Project contact Michelle Newcomb Telephone: 020 7785 3862 Email: michelle.newcomb@gldvp.org.uk 1st Floor, Downstream Building, 1 London Bridge, London SE1 9BG

Brand of Scottish Drugs Forum. Contact - t: 0131 226 6606, or visit w: www.scottishwomensaid.org.uk.  Friday October 28th 2005

Street Sex Work and Homelessness - A Time for Change. Street based sex workers currently form one of the most excluded and marginalised groups of homeless people. Following on from a recent review by Shelter’s street homeless project the conference aims to raise the issues faced by this particular vulnerable group and look at innovative partnerships across the country. The conference will be of interest to health, drugs, criminal justice and social care professionals, sex work support project staff, sex work activists, police, drug action teams, community safety partnerships, other policy makers and academics. For further information about the conference contact: Graham Dobkin at: grahamdobkin@btinternet.com or Tel: 0161 953 4107  Thursday 24th November

Domestic Violence: Alcohol and Substance Misuse. Myths, Reality and Multi Agency Working. A full day conference exploring the links between DV and Alcohol and Substance Misuse. Looking at myths, reality and multi agency services. There will be key speakers from APAS, Alcohol Recovery Project and workshops facilitated by people from the Stella Project, Aquarius, Phoenix House and a theatre company production. Contact: Sharon Kane 01915662545

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The Stella Project contact Michelle Newcomb Telephone: 020 7785 3862 Email: michelle.newcomb@gldvp.org.uk 1st Floor, Downstream Building, 1 London Bridge, London SE1 9BG


				
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