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Alcohol Use and Latent Profiles of Intimate Partner Violence

NCJ Number
Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions Volume: 16 Issue: 1-2 Dated: 2016 Pages: 160-175
Date Published
16 pages
Since intimate partner violence (IPV) is a widespread social problem that is associated with alcohol misuse, the current study interviewed 1,045 victim-survivors of IPV regarding alcohol misuse by their IPV abusers.

The interviews were conducted with the victim-survivors after police responses to their IPV incidents. Latent profile analysis of the survey data identified two classes of IPV perpetrators. The severe IPV class was characterized by more frequent and severe physical violence, stalking and harassment, risk of future homicide, and increased psychological consequences of IPV for the victim-survivor. Logistic regression found that the frequency of perpetrator alcohol misuse was associated with membership in the severe IPV class. The authors advise that social workers must intervene effectively when cooccurring alcohol misuse and IPV perpetration are present. (publisher abstract modified)

Date Published: January 1, 2016