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9/11/2020  |   1:00 PM - 2:30 PM   |  E

Trauma-Informed Advocacy for Survivors Who Use Substances

Domestic and sexual violence (DSV) can have significant effects on one’s health, including increased risk for substance use concerns. In addition to using substances in order to cope with experiences of violence, survivors may also be coerced to use substances, face increased violence if they do not use substances, and have their attempts to engage treatment and recovery sabotaged by a partner or ex-partner – all tactics of substance use coercion. Many advocates feel unprepared to help survivors address concerns related to substance use and substance use coercion. This session supports advocates in applying an Accessible, Culturally Responsive, and Trauma-Informed (ACRTI) approach to supporting survivors who use substances.

Gabriela Zapata-Alma (POC,Primary Presenter), National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health, gzapata.alma@ncdvtmh.org;
Gabriela Zapata-Alma, LCSW, CADC, is the Director of Policy and Practice on Domestic Violence and Substance Use at the National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma, and Mental Health, as well as faculty at the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration, where they coordinate the addiction training program. Gabriela brings over 15 years of experience supporting people impacted by structural and interpersonal violence. Currently, Gabriela authors best practices, provides trauma-informed policy consultation, as well as capacity building related to serving marginalized communities impacted by violence, trauma, and other social determinants of health, nationally and internationally.

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