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Violence, Intimate Partner and Substance Abuse Treatment

There is an abundance of empirical and theoretical evidence linking substance abuse to intimate partner violence perpetration and victimization. Substance abuse is overrepresented in samples seeking treatment for intimate partner violence, and intimate partner violence is overrepresented in samples seeking substance abuse treatment. Moreover, recent research has shown that there is a temporal connection between substance use and episodes of intimate partner violence. This research has documented that the likelihood of intimate partner violence perpetration and victimization is significantly increased on days in which individuals use alcohol or drugs relative to days in which they are abstinent from substances.

Given the high prevalence of intimate partner violence in substance abusers, it is critical to find means of reducing the incidence, frequency, and severity of intimate partner ...

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