Substance Abuse and Intimate Partner Violence

Research indicates that substance abuse is a risk marker for intimate partner violence (IPV). This entry reviews the evidence for this association, possible explanations for it, and implications for theory and practice for professionals who work in this area.

Substance Abuse as a Risk Marker for IPV

Studies using a variety of passive-observational research designs have established that substance abuse is a risk indicator for IPV. For example, population-based studies as well as studies of clinicor court-referred groups, have examined rates of substance abuse in people with and without a history of IPV victimization, IPV perpetration, or IPV recidivism (i.e., repeated IPV following an initial incident). According to narrative and meta-analytic reviews of these studies, the association between substance abuse and IPV is moderate or even moderate-to-large ...

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