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J Subst Abuse Treat. 2003 Apr;24(3):279-83.

Domestic violence treatment referrals for men seeking alcohol treatment.

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  • 1Research Institute on Addictions, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York, 1021 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14203, USA.


The annual prevalence of intimate partner violence (IPV) in samples of men seeking alcohol treatment has been estimated at 50% or higher. One proposed approach to these co-occurring problems is the provision of IPV screening and treatment referrals within alcohol treatment programs. The current study found that alcohol treatment providers infrequently referred men with a pretreatment year history of IPV to domestic violence treatment programs, and that men receiving such referrals rarely followed the recommendation and sought additional treatment. These findings suggest future research is necessary to identify factors that may act as barriers to IPV assessment or referral in alcohol treatment settings, factors that may limit client follow-through on such referrals, and new strategies for addressing IPV in substance abusing populations.

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