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The ALC-VIOL project

Basic information

Objectives Collect data about domestic violence and the often associated accident- and injury occurrances experienced by adolescents affected by familial alcohol problems within several EU countries; Develop or fortify national networks; Analyse existing prevention methods and guidelines concerning the topic parental alcohol consumption and inner familial violence in order to derive relevant key sentences and strategies; Increase awareness about the problematic coincidence alcohol and domestic violence where professional helpers in alcohol- and youth help institutions are concerned; Develop a stronger network among the support systems; Organise the 2nd international ENCARE-symposium in Bad Honnef, Germany
Target groups Professionals working with children.  
Duration March 2005 - June 2007
Coordinator         Centre of Excellence on Applied Addictions Research at the Catholic University of Applied Sciences Northrhine-Westphalia, Cologne, Germany
More info Prof. Dr. Michael Klein

The Final report

Velleman R & Reuber D (2007). Domestic Violence and Abuse experienced by Children and Young People living in Families with Alcohol Problems. Results from a Cross-European Study. ›› Download it here [in pdf]

 

Mission and vision

The project should help to shed more light onto the problematic coincidence of familial alcohol problems and domestic violence. The ultimate mission of the project is to prevent and reduce harm inflicted on children affected by both parental alcohol problems and domestic violence.

Objectives

The aim of the project was to collect data about domestic violence experiences as well as the often associated accident- and injury occurrances for the first time in a comprehensive manner within several EU countries. The subject violence experiences as an (additional) risk factor for adolescents affected by alcohol problems within the family has so far only scarcely been dealt with within the scope of national and international studies, even though the close correlation between alcohol consumption and domestic violence is known as an existent reality.

However, children from families affected by alcohol are hardly recognised in the context of violence research and ?prevention. At the same time the few existent studies point out that it is especially the children who become victims and witnesses of acts of violence within the family. This causes them to be exposed to higher risks regarding their physical and psychological development. As a result of the ongoing taboo and silence among the family members concerning the topics alcohol and domestic violence towards people outside the family circle, a high number of unreported cases is assumed.

In order to shed light onto these problem areas, comprehensive data was collected in several EU countries about the family situation, resources, coping strategies, behavioural- and emotional problems, accident- and injury incidents as well as domestic violence experiences by adolescents within families affected by alcohol problems. This was done by conducting elaborate interviews with 12-18 years old teenagers by means of ALVI-T, an ad hoc semi-standardised interview guideline. For the data collection in Germany, the KFH NW cooperated with several out-patient and in-patient alcohol treatment centres as well as with out-patient services for adolescents affected by alcohol problems within the family.

At the same time, national networks had to be developed and/or fortified (cp. German ENCARE network). On the next level, existing prevention methods and guidelines concerning the topic parental alcohol consumption and inner familial violence were analysed in the participating European countries in order to derive relevant key sentences and strategies. Additionally it was an aim to work to increase awareness about the problem coincidence of alcohol and domestic violence where professional helpers in alcohol- and youth help institutions are concerned as well as it to develop stronger networking among the support systems.

The project ALC-VIOL ran until the 10th of June 2007. The project results were presented at the Seminaris Kongresspark in Bad Honnef on the 19th-20th of April 2007 at the 2. international ENCARE symposium which is at the same time the 2. German symposium about the topic "Alcohol and Violence in Families: Alcohol and violence in families: What about the children?". For more information about the program and/or the presentations, please click here.

Contact Information

Project Leader
Prof. Dr. Michael Klein
mikle [at] kfhnw.de