Addiction medicine and domestic violence

J Subst Abuse Treat. 2000 Dec;19(4):329-38. doi: 10.1016/s0740-5472(00)00110-0.


Domestic violence is a major medical and legal problem, resulting in a great many deaths and injuries each year. Alcohol and other drug dependencies are frequently found in both the perpetrators and victims of violence. This fact gives addiction medicine practitioners a unique opportunity to intervene in both life-threatening disorders. This article gives diagnostic and intervention guidelines for dealing with the issue of domestic violence in the addiction medicine patient population.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Domestic Violence*
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Substance-Related Disorders / psychology*