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Managing AOD related aggression: New practical guides for families

29/03/2020


Supporting families

NSW Health has launched a suite of new resources to support families who may experience risk to themselves or others as a result of alcohol or drug related aggression in the home. The three guides are written for teenagers, adults, professionals and people concerned about the safety of young children.

The guides provide practical, evidence-based advice on managing aggression in the home, healthy ways to cope and options to find support if a home environment becomes unsafe.

For people working with or concerned about children

Managing aggression, alcohol and drug use in the home: A guide for those concerned about children 5-12 years, is for family members or professionals who are concerned about the safety of children.  At a personal or professional level, there is information on how to talk to children about the issue they may be experiencing, tools to help them feel safe and information on where to find appropriate support for them.

Topics covered in the guide include:

  • Rights of the Child
  • Signs that a child is experiencing violence
  • Talking to children about safety and responding to violence
  • Activities to help children feel safe
  • Mandatory reporting requirements and limits of confidentiality
  • Help and support services

For teens

Coping with aggression, alcohol and drug use in the home: A guide for teenagers, is designed specifically for teens who may be part of an environment that puts them at risk of alcohol or drug related aggression.  The guide contains information to help teenagers understand their right to feel safe, how to cope with agression in the home and where to find appropriate support.

Topics covered in the guide include:

  • Alcohol or drug use issues
  • What increases aggression or violence
  • Their feelings faced with this situation
  • Who they can talk to
  • How to cope
  • Help and support services

For adults

Managing aggression, alcohol and drug use in the home: A guide for adults, is for people who may be part of an environment that puts them and their family at risk of alcohol or drug related aggression.  
The guide provides strategies on how to cope and respond to aggressive situations as well as information on when and where to get help.

Topics covered in the guide include:

  • Alcohol and drug information 
  • Stages of drug use in the context of aggression, domestic violence
  • Calming down a situation - when is it safe to do so, preparation and steps involved
  • Crystalline methamphetamine (ice) use; psychosis and when to call police
  • Assisting your children
  • Healthy ways to cope
  • Help and support services

All three guides are now available online and by order (hardcopies). Take a look at the guides and download or order a free copy today.

For free and confidential advice 24/7 call Alcohol and Drug Information Service (ADIS) on 1800 250 015. Counsellors are available to provide counselling, information, referrals, and support. Or start a Web Chat with an ADIS counsellor online Monday to Friday, 8.30am – 5:00pm.

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