The relationship between partner abuse and substance use among women mandated to drug treatment

Carinda Wilson-Cohn, Shiela M. Strauss, Gregory P. Falkin

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Abstract

This study investigates the relationship between substance use and partner abuse among women (N = 1,025) who entered drug-treatment programs through the criminal justice systems in New York City and Portland, Oregon. Self-report data on substance use and partner abuse indicate that although the rate of partner abuse in both cities is well above the national average, the less substance-involved women in Portland reported more abuse than their New York counterparts. Our analyses suggest that the relationship between partner abuse and substance use during conflicts varies within the population of women offenders who are heavily drug-involved, with women in Portland reporting a greater direct link between partner abuse and substance use. The findings indicate that there is a need for drug-treatment providers to understand their clients' victimization histories and the relationship between partner abuse and substance use in order to engage clients in the treatment process and help them learn how to avoid being victimized in the future.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)91-105
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Family Violence
Volume17
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2002

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Keywords

  • Drug treatment
  • Incarcerated women
  • Partner abuse
  • Substance abuse

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Law

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