Often, victims of domestic violence use drugs or alcohol to either relieve the physical and emotional pain or to join the abuser in the hopes that he will stop hitting her if she is a part of his lifestyle. This is not intended to enable or make excuses for the victim, it is fact. In any case, she may find that she has the added problem of addiction. Morongo Basin Unity Home is one of the few domestic violence shelter's in California equipped to assist victims of domestic violence with a substance abuse problem. While in shelter if a victim has substance abuse as an issue she may attend six in-shelter Substance abuse groups a week.
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