Domestic abuse by male alcohol and drug addicts

Violence Vict. Winter 1994;9(4):359-68.


Sixty-three male inpatient alcohol and drug addicts and 34 of their female partners participated in a study of variables associated with physical and nonphysical abuse of women. Results suggest that domestic abuse by male addicts is not directly related to experience of violence or addiction in the family of origin, external locus of control, or severity of alcohol abuse. Correlates of domestic abuse were an early onset of drug/alcohol-related problems; low income; a history of nonalcohol drug use, particularly cocaine; and a history of arrest and outpatient counseling.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Alcoholism / psychology*
  • Alcoholism / rehabilitation
  • Child of Impaired Parents / psychology
  • Cocaine
  • Domestic Violence / prevention & control
  • Domestic Violence / psychology
  • Dominance-Subordination
  • Female
  • Heroin Dependence / psychology
  • Heroin Dependence / rehabilitation
  • Humans
  • Internal-External Control
  • Male
  • Personality Assessment
  • Personality Development
  • Risk Factors
  • Spouse Abuse / prevention & control
  • Spouse Abuse / psychology*
  • Substance Abuse Treatment Centers
  • Substance-Related Disorders / psychology*
  • Substance-Related Disorders / rehabilitation


  • Cocaine