Jan Bruggeman, director of the YWCA’s emergency domestic violence (DV) shelter, has been selected to serve as a member of a statewide steering committee developing policies and procedures to address opioid addiction issues that confront providers of DV services in the state of Ohio.
“The problem of addiction – and the power of the drugs themselves – creates new challenges for those of us who operate DV shelters,” says Bruggeman. “Victims of domestic violence are 2 to 6 times as likely to have a history of drug abuse – sometimes a reflection of their life circumstances and sometimes a result of deliberate actions of an abuser to control a victim.”
The steering committee will examine a number of questions, says Bruggeman. Should shelter operators violate privacy rights and confiscate drugs when victims enter the shelter? What training protocols are in place for staff who would administer Narcan? How should shelters dispose of used opioid patches?
The committee is expected to issue its recommendations by April, 2019.