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Preventing drug/alcohol related violence

News & Events / Preventing drug/alcohol related violence

While the majority of people with alcohol and other drugs (AOD) related issues will never become aggressive, some do. This can happen anywhere – at a bar, at a party, even at a local sports club. It’s important to be aware that there are simple strategies that can be useful when this happens. These strategies can prevent aggression form escalating into violence:

Assessing risk

Take the time to consider all options in order to assess the level of risk and, if possible, resolve the incident in a peaceful manner. Try to identify and remove potential triggers, and identify others who may be in danger while trying to identify what type of substance/s a person as taken.

Preventing escalation

You can prevent escalation by:

  • Staying calm
  • Reassuring
  • Responding
  • Taking preventative action

After the conflict

If violence has been prevented, it’s important to stay alert after the initial conflict settles down to avoid it flaring up again. Focus should remainon keeping the person calm while ensuring that any other people involved feel safe. Avoid discussing the incident unless the affected person brings it up.

For more information, check out the full fact sheet.

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