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      The Intersection of Intimate Partner Violence and Opioid Misuse (7 ceus) in Montpelier

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      November 13, 2019

      Wednesday   8:30 AM

      148 State Street
      Montpelier, Vermont

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      The Intersection of Intimate Partner Violence and Opioid Misuse (7 ceus)

      The Intersection of Intimate Partner Violence and Opioid Misuse    7 ceus Lunch on your own in Montpelier Vermont like many US states has experienced a drastic increase in rates of opioid use disorder (OUD) and opioid-involved overdose fatalities. There is a known  association between substance use and intimate partner violence (IPV), and evidence suggests that this association creates barriers to health and justice for women experiencing both OUD and IPV.  While it has been established that IPV can elevate risk for OUD, and conversely that OUD can elevate risk for IPV victimization, what remains unknown is precisely why and how this is the case. Our research team is engaged in a community-based participatory research project funded by the RWJ Foundation with the aim of developing and testing the impact of a community-level intervention to improve access to helping services for individuals experiencing both IPV and OUD. This presentation will describe the first phase of the research project, which has entailed in-depth qualitative interviews with 40 women living in a rural area affected by concentrated poverty, all of whom have experienced both OUD and IPV. Preliminary analysis suggests that there are multiple pathways via which IPV can influence OUD, and vice versa. In this presentation, we will describe methodological challenges related to conducting this type of research with this population, and suggest future directions for supporting similar communities to create local change. Presenters: Diane Kinney MS, co director of Circle, Washington County's domestic violence program. With more than 30 years experience in the fields of domestic violence and addiction, Diane is well suited to ensuring the voice of survivors is heard and that suggested solutions with have a realistic grounding in the everyday work of survivors and advocates.

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