Legal barriers

There are many environmental factors that influence a person’s behaviour. For marginalised groups, who live often live at the fringes of society and are subject to stigma and discrimination, the significance of an enabling environment is great.  In some settings, disclosing that you are a community member - a drug user - may be risky.  Activities such drug use and sex work are (sometimes) illegal and individuals might face legal problems when exposing this personal information.

Peer work is likely to be more successful if you are able to embed the activities in supportive (organisational) environment.

An interesting research on peer work (among sex workers in India and South Africa) shows the importance and necessity of a stable and supportive political and social environment in which peer work can operate effectively (Cambell, 2009).