Being drunk or drug affected is not an excuse for domestic violence. A common misconception is that alcohol and/or drugs cause violent behaviour. However, the majority of people who are intoxicated or use drugs do not abuse their partners. Domestic violence is an intentional behaviour the person chooses to use, regardless of intoxication or not.
Often users of violence during intoxication use this an excuse for impairment of their behaviour. They might say they were drunk or can’t remember their actions, but it does not take away their responsibility. Just like it does not take away the responsibility of having an accident while driving under the influence.
Drug and alcohol abuse are related to more frequent and more serious assaults and present an elevated risk for child abuse and neglect.
Things to look out for if you think someone is effected by drugs or alcohol:
- Impaired judgment
- Loss of self-control
If you are concerned about someone’s use of alcohol and/or drugs we encourage you to contact us here. We do not make any sound recordings of our conversations, but we do record that we spoke to you. This record can be made anonymously. If you are unsure, please speak to our crisis workers at the commencement of the call.