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The Relationship Between Substance Abuse & Domestic Violence

The Relationship Between Substance Abuse & Domestic Violence

We have all heard the same story a million times: a person has an argument with their significant other, gets drunk or high to cope with their frustrations, and gets involved in a physical altercation, leading to charges of domestic violence. But just how often does this actually occur? While substance abuse does not cause domestic violence, studies show that there is a statistical correlation between these two types of issues – and that these types of incidents happen far more than you would think.

According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, roughly two-thirds of victims suffering violence by a current or former romantic partner report that their abuser had been drinking, with these numbers increasing to three-fourths of incidents between spouses. Likewise, battery incidents coupled with alcohol abuse tend to be more severe and result in greater injury to the victim or victims.

Interestingly, substance abuse rates are also tend to be higher among victims of domestic violence, with a 1999 study by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) revealing that women assaulted by intimate partners during the past 12 months reported significantly higher substance abuse and other health-related problems. Of the women who reported violence, one third reported drug and alcohol problems – more than double than that of those who did not experience violence.

Other revealing statistics and facts include:

  • Children who witness abuse of maternal caregiver were 50% more likely to abuse drugs or alcohol at some point in their lives.
  • Nearly 4 in 10 child abusers report having been drinking at the time of the crime, with half reporting they had been drinking for 6 hours or more prior to the offense.
  • The rate of intimate partner violence is roughly the same among LGBTQ couples as those in heterosexual relationships

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