Review of the association between treatment for substance misuse and reductions in intimate partner violence

Subst Use Misuse. 2009;44(9-10):1298-317. doi: 10.1080/10826080902961385.


A substantial body of research supports a strong cross-sectional and longitudinal association between substance misuse and perpetration of intimate partner violence (IPV). This article briefly addresses the theoretical connection between substance use and intimate partner violence and research on the association between substance misuse and IPV. Studies examining the effect of individual and couples-based addiction treatments on IPV are reviewed. The implications of this work and future directions for research are discussed.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Couples Therapy / methods*
  • Humans
  • Prevalence
  • Prisoners / psychology
  • Psychological Theory
  • Sexual Partners / psychology*
  • Spouse Abuse / prevention & control*
  • Substance-Related Disorders / complications
  • Substance-Related Disorders / epidemiology
  • Substance-Related Disorders / therapy*