In February 2019, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) published their annual statistics on violent crime in England and Wales in 2017-18. Although alcohol-related violent crime has fallen over the past decade, victims of violence said the perpetrator(s) were under the influence of alcohol in 39% of all violent incidents. That’s 561,000 crimes.
Though it’s impossible to know if alcohol caused all of these violent crimes, or if it made the incidents worse, alcohol and aggression are clearly linked. Over half a million times each year, people lives are altered and harmed by alcohol-related violent crime. Victims are traumatised, injured, or in cases of the manslaughter or murder, innocent people lose their life. Perpetrators may face criminal justice consequences for their violent actions after drinking alcohol. There are also impacts on families of victims and offenders – partners, children, parents and siblings can suffer greatly.
Aside from law enforcement, what other solutions are there to alcohol-related violent crime? Specifically, how can addiction treatment services help victims and perpetrators to recover or change?
Alcohol-Related Violent Crime – ONS Survey Data
Do you recognise yourself in any of these statistics on alcohol-related violent crime?
Over half of all violent crimes against a stranger were alcohol-related (52%).
Where there were 4 or more offenders, 52% of violent crimes involved perpetrators who had been drinking.
43% of violent incidents committed by men were alcohol-related, as compared to 28% by women who had been drinking.
25 to 39-year-olds were the most likely to be violent under the influence of alcohol – 54% of violent crime in this age group involved alcohol.
Almost a third of ‘assaults without injury on a constable’ were alcohol-related (32%).
Of the most common violent crimes, one-fifth of incidents of ‘assault with injury’ were alcohol-related.
Help for Addicts Who Are Victims of Alcohol-Related Violent Crime
If you suffer from an addiction and you’ve been the victim of alcohol-related violent crime, is there specialist help for you? Are there effective therapies to help you overcome addiction and deal with distressing life events?
The answer is yes. Addiction Helper can advise you on good quality residential and outpatient programmes, where you can get help with all aspects of addiction, including past traumas. Depending on the nature of the violent crime(s) against you, including the effect it has had upon you, there are different treatment approaches.
If the crime committed against you was a one-off and relatively minor, then standard addiction rehabilitation will be completely comprehensive for you. Group and 1-2-1 therapies can help you discover how past events may be contributing to why you’re addicted today. You will also focus on treatment on developing a solid recovery plan, to help you maintain your health and wellbeing in the long term.
If you’ve been a victim of a very serious violent crime, or ongoing attacks including domestic violence, you may wish to work with rehabs and therapists who are trained in both addiction treatment and trauma therapy. When combined, these techniques can lead to remarkable personal transformations. If your addiction is life-threatening, it may be advisable to deal with your addiction first, ideally in a residential setting. Once you have grounded yourself in addiction recovery, you can later engage in a trauma treatment programme.
Addiction Treatment for Perpetrators of Alcohol-Related Violent Crime
Where do you turn if alcohol makes you very aggressive? You may know that alcohol is involved every time you get violent. Perhaps you’ve already been prosecuted for a violent crime that you cannot remember clearly, due to intoxication? Do you fear what could happen if you don’t stop drinking?
If you lose control of your actions when you drink alcohol, then you have an underlying addiction that needs treatment. There is professional help available for you. Good alcohol rehabs and addictions professionals all have policies in place about working with clients who have committed violent crimes. Some will work with all categories of violent offenders; others will work with some violent offenders but not others, and some won’t work with violent offenders at all. Addiction Helper will assess your specific history and put you in touch with the best rehabs and therapists for you.
You will also want to know how different addiction treatment services can help you face and overcome aggression. Anger management techniques are a core part of all good addiction treatment programmes. This is because unmanageable anger affects all addicts, whether or not they are violent. Anger also fuels and worsens addiction, as people turn to an addictive substance or process to escape from difficult feelings.
You will also be advised in the treatment of rules around violence towards staff or other clients. Most addiction rehabs and therapists will discharge clients immediately if they commit an act of violence. That said, you will have ample opportunity with skilled therapists to process and overcome your anger. You’ll learn healthier ways to manage your anger, to help prevent escalation of anger and violence. Therapies including dialectical behavioural therapy, cognitive behaviour therapy, 12 step therapy and various alternative therapies are all useful approaches for addicts to understand and overcome their anger.
If you’re addicted to alcohol, drugs or a harmful process, please reach out for help with your addiction. Confidentiality is assured – Addiction Helper exist to assess your addiction quickly and thoroughly, so we can identify the best addiction treatment programmes and therapists for you. Please get in touch for help with addiction, including where alcohol-related violent crime is part of your history.