Women who are battered are more likely to use alcohol and other drugs to deal with the trauma associated with the intimate partner abuse. Unfortunately, this population of domestic violence victims is often turned away from mainstream services. They are told they must be sober for a period of time before entering a domestic violence shelter, directed to enter substance abuse treatment, or do not receive referrals to appropriate services when they try to seek assistance. Without receiving services to address domestic violence and substance abuse at the same time, this group of battered women will never receive the tools needed to keep them safe and/or alive.
Women that enter our shelter are often confused and undecided about leaving their abuser for good or even being in a shelter. It is our hope that women entering our shelter will learn about options to stay safe. Angel Step Inn services reflect the complex needs of battered, substance abusers and their children. We also recognize that many of the target population will never live to enter a shelter if an arbitrary period of sobriety takes priority over safety of these woman and children. For this reason we created a website to provide visitors with useful information about the types of domestic violence, relationship warning signs, substance abuse/dependence, and safety planning tips when preparing to leave an abusive relationship. Please take the time to learn useful strategies to recognize domestic violence and tips for remaining safe when leaving a violent relationship.
"Children that witness violence in the home or parental substance abuse or dependence are at risk for adult alcoholism or drug abuse."