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Navigating the Realties of Mental Health & Substance Use Coercion

Navigating the Realties of Mental Health & Substance Use Coercion Podcast

Agency: Conference on Crimes Against Women

Author: Zapata-Alma, Gabriela

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Navigating the Complex Realties of Mental Health Coercion & Substance Use Coercion

Icon of a time indicator to show this indicates how long something takes to read or learn.38 minutes, 43 seconds

Publication Date: 2023

In this podcast, Gabriela Zapata-Alma leads the listener in a conversation about mental health and substance use coercion. Ms. Zapata-Alma has over 15 years of expertise supporting individuals affected by interpersonal violence. She supports survivors through evidence-based clinical, housing, resource advocacy, peer-led, harm reduction, and HIV-integrated care programs. Research shows that individuals who experience abuse have much higher risks for mental health challenges and substance use disorders. The pattern of abuse and coercive control increases these hazards for survivors, especially when the abuser uses a mental health diagnosis or substance use against the survivor. When this happens, the justice system will often revictimize the survivor. This can lead to loss of child custody or other consequences. In 2014, a study was conducted by the National Center on Domestic Violence where they studied the in-depth dangers these types of coercions cause. The listener of this podcast will take a deep dive with Ms. Zapata-Alma about how these types of coercion are delivered, their repercussions, the red flags that warn mental health and substance use coercions are occurring, and how the use of a trauma-informed lens can better harvest safety and meaningful solutions for domestic violence survivors.


Collaboration and Partnerships Documentation and Report Writing Investigations Policy/Protocol Development Serving Culturally Specific Communities Trauma

VAWA Crime(s):

Dating Violence Domestic Violence Sexual Assault Stalking Trafficking in Tribal Nations/Communities


Call Centers/Dispatch Chief/Sheriff/Executive First Line Supervisor Investigator/Detective Patrol Officer/Deputy Prosecutor Special Victims Unit


Alaska College and University Campuses Rural Suburban Territories Tribal Nations/Tribes Urban