Too much grog or the use of illicit drugs is not representative of the perpetrators of domestic and family violence, but it also doesn't help.
Di Glover from Albury homelessness agency yes unlimited, which is confronted by the spectre of this violence on a daily basis, said it was just as true that those otherwise seen as the achievers in society committed such crimes.
But there was still a need, she said, for more targeted funding of a whole range of issues, given how these were interconnected.
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Ms Glover advocated more support for young people leaving care and more targeted support for people leaving institutions, especially mental health services and jail.
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"Those people who have significant mental health issues but also have drug or alcohol dependence as well, that's where we find it particularly difficult," she said.
"That was because there's a lack of services within NSW, and I think probably across Australia, to deal with that dual diagnosis in an effective way."
Ms Glover said it often was men who self-medicated with their alcohol and drugs "and whatever else".
"And at the same time, they're very unwell mentally. They just don't fit into the service system as it is."
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