Drug and alcohol use figures as a prominent factor in many situations of domestic violence. Patterns of misuse or abuse of these substances may signal addictive behaviors. Consequences of the addictive use of drugs and alcohol by battered women may impair the decision-making process, limiting the possible alternatives to leaving a violent home. Other women may remain in the situation because of addiction to the relationship. Information collected on the potential addictive behaviors of battered women can help determine areas of assessment and intervention. Assessment in this area can prevent severe consequences of all addictions: drugs, alcohol, nicotine, and food. While knowledge on relationship to addiction is minimal, information in this area may help to explain women's selection of mates or need to stay in a destructive relationship that sometimes results in death at the hands of her mate. Currently proposed research will explore addictive behaviors among 100 women. Women of various ages and ethnic groups will be questioned regarding general demographic material, past and current relationships, violent behavior of spouse or child, abuse of drugs, alcohol, food, and nicotine. Subjects will be temporarily housed at either a local woman's shelter for abuse, an eating disorder unit, or a private psychiatric facility for chemical dependency. Additional women in outpatient therapy for an eating disorder with a private counselor also will be surveyed. A control group of females (n = 50) not identified as victims of violence or having addictions to drugs, alcohol, food, or nicotine will be similarly surveyed. Data related to addictive behaviors will be collected via the PROMIS Questionnaire, a series of 30 similar questions identifying information on 12 different addictive areas. For this research study information will be collected on five addictive areas only. Collective data on each subject will be plotted on a specific circular graph highlighting both primary and possible cross addictions. History of relationship of violence will be assessed via the Conflict Tactic Scales (CT Scales). Demographic information will be gleaned from participants’ answers to several short questions. Study results anticipate that battered women will present with a primary relationship addiction and several potential cross addictions as they battle to survive the violence of which they are a part. Information collected will serve to help others better understand the needs and coping strategies of battered women and explore why some battered women choose to stay in abusive relationships.