University of Hertfordshire

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  • Miranda A. H. Horvath
  • Susan Hansen
  • Feyishola Apena
  • Joanna R. Adler
  • Jennifer Holly
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Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Place of PublicationLondon, UK
PublisherForensic Psychological Services, Middlesex University and Against Violence and Abuse
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2013


Services commissioned to support women with mental health problems, problematic substance use and experiences of domestic violence (DV) and sexual violence (SV) often work independently, despite the intersectionality of these issues. Frontline practitioners do not always have the training, assessment tools or referral pathways to address all three issues when they co-occur. Operational and monitoring frameworks do not always make the links between the issues which result in women falling through gaps in service provision. Therefore, the aim of the Stella Project Mental Health Initiative (SPMHI) was to empower service providers across the three sectors of substance use, mental health and violence against women to develop this work through knowledge transfer, policy development support and promoting strong partnerships and monitoring mechanisms. In assessing the efficacy of the SPMHI, an evaluation was commissioned which has collected data before and after the intervention took place.

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