Sarah Galvani

Sarah Galvani is Professor of Substance Use and Social Research in the Department of Sociology at Manchester Met and has an international reputation for her research and practice development work. Sarah has a professional background in social work with people who experience mental ill health, domestic abuse, homelessness, and substance use in both the UK and USA. In recent years, her research has focussed on groups of people using substances who are further marginalised within health and social care services, including work with minority ethnic communities and older people. She is currently leading UK research on palliative and end of life care for people using substances. She has two dog-daughters, a motorbike and a genetic attachment to Liverpool FC – none of which she gives enough time to.

Gendered shame: supporting South Asian women and their families affected by problematic substance use

We will draw from our project exploring the substance use support needs of South Asian women. The research aims to identify the support needs of this group of women and to develop a culturally appropriate service model.  This paper will focus on the women’s reports of the extent to which their family and community helped or hindered their substance use. It will highlight what future services need to do to respond appropriately to their needs. The presentation will include a podcast of a woman talking about her experiences.