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Violence Against Women. 2013 Jul;19(7):881-902. doi: 10.1177/1077801213498208.

Partner violence and substance abuse are intertwined: women's perceptions of violence-substance connections.

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School of Social of Social Work, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 227599, USA. rjmacy@email.unc.edu

Abstract

Research shows that co-occurring partner violence and substance abuse are problems for many women. However, less is known about women's varied experiences with partner violence and substance abuse. This exploratory, qualitative study investigates these two issues among a sample of 15 women in substance abuse treatment who experienced partner violence. Overall, findings show participants' experience of violence-substance connections varied in important ways; complicating factors exacerbate both problems; and domestic violence services and substance abuse treatments should account for these variations and complications. We discuss directions for providers, researchers, and policymakers concerned with partner violence or substance abuse.

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alcohol; domestic violence; drugs; partner violence; substances

PMID:
23955931
DOI:
10.1177/1077801213498208
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