The role of substance use by both perpetrators and victims in intimate partner violence outcomes

Hee Yun Lee, Eunsu Ju, Elizabeth B. Lightfoot

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There is considerable evidence linking perpetrators' substance use with unfavorable outcomes among victims of intimate partner violence. Little is known, however, about the relationship between substance use by both the perpetrators and the victims and the victims' outcomes. Using interview data from 117 women who have experienced abuse by their partners, this study examines the association of both perpetrators' and victims' substance use with victim outcomes through a series of hierarchical multiple regressions. Substance use by both perpetrators and victims was not significantly related to increased risk of victims' physical injuries, but was significantly associated with poorer victim functionality after an intimate partner violence incident.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3-24
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2010

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research was funded by The David & Lucile Packard Foundation and the Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station (MIN-55-019), with Jeffrey L. Edleson and Sandra K. Beeman as Principal Investigators. The authors wish to thank the staff of the Domestic Abuse Project, Inc., in Minneapolis, La Opportunidad in St. Paul, the Women’s Center and Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh, the Support Network for Battered Women in Mountain View, CA, and the Family Place in Dallas for their collaboration in this study.


  • Alcohol use
  • Domestic violence
  • Functionality
  • Injury outcomes
  • Intimate partner violence (IPV)
  • Substance use


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