Substance abuse has been found to co-occur in 40-60% of intimate partner violence incidents across various studies. Several lines of evidence suggest that substance use/abuse plays a facilitative role intimate partner violence by precipitating or exacerbating violence.
Spousal abuse has been identified as a predictor of developing a substance abuse problem and/or addiction. Additionally, women in abusive relationships have often reported being coerced into using alcohol and/or drugs by their partners.
Substance abuse and high-risk alcohol use/abuse are more prevalent among women who experience intimate partner violence compared to a cohort with no intimate partner violence experience. In a study of prenatal patients in North Carolina, victims of violence were significantly more likely to use multiple substances before and during pregnancy than those who had no experience of intimate partner violence (American Journal of Public Health).
It is known that many episodes of intimate partner violence involve alcohol and/or illicit drug consumption. Research has found that on days of heavy drug and/or alcohol use, physical violence was 11 times more likely amongintimate partner violence batterers and victims.
Asking For Help Is The First Step
As with substance use disorders, asking for help in identifying the difference between healthy and unhealthy relationships is the first step to change. On The Way Out Recovery Hour, Linda Davies, Executive Director for the Domestic Violence Center of Santa Clarita will let us know how to begin the process of asking for help.
The Domestic Violence Center Offers Hope And Healing
Today at Noon on KHTS Radio, we will find out what services are available through the DVC of SCV. We will discuss signs of unhealthy relationships, as well as safety. We will look at the connection of substance use and intimate partner violence. And most importantly, we will talk about the resources available to get help.