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Victimization and Perpetration of Intimate Partner Violence and Substance Use Disorders in a Nationally Representative Sample

Afifi, Tracie O. PhD*†‡; Henriksen, Christine A. MA§; Asmundson, Gordon J.G. PhD; Sareen, Jitender MD*†§

The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease: August 2012 - Volume 200 - Issue 8 - p 684–691
doi: 10.1097/NMD.0b013e3182613f64
Original Articles

The aim of this study was to examine the relationship between perpetration and victimization of physical and sexual intimate partner violence (IPV) in the past year and substance use disorders (SUDs) in the past year, including alcohol, sedatives/tranquilizers, cocaine, cannabis, and nicotine stratified according to sex. Data were from the National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions. A series of adjusted logistic regression models were conducted. Among men and women, all types of SUDs were associated with increased odds of IPV perpetration (odds ranging from 1.4 to 8.5 adjusting for sociodemographic variables). IPV victimization increased the odds of having all types of SUDs for male and female victims, with the exception of sedatives/tranquilizer abuse/dependence among women (odds ranging from 1.5 to 6.0 adjusting for sociodemographic variables). Substances that had the most robust relationship with perpetration and victimization of IPV included alcohol and cannabis, after adjusting for sociodemographic variables, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, personality disorders, and mutual violence.

Departments of *Community Health Sciences, †Psychiatry, ‡Family Social Sciences, and §Psychology, University of Manitoba, Manitoba; and ∥Department of Psychology and Anxiety and Illness Behaviours Laboratory, University of Regina, Regina, Canada.

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