The following resources address the co-occurrence of domestic violence and substance abuse, including State and local examples.
Addiction and Domestic Violence
Addiction Center (2019)
Describes the link between addiction and domestic violence and how being under the influence of substances may increase the chances of abusive behavior.
Information Memorandum on the Intersection of Domestic Violence, Mental Health, and Substance Use
Administration for Children and Families, Family and Youth Services Bureau (2019)
Presents an information memorandum issued by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and the Administration for Children and Families that calls for increased collaboration between domestic violence, mental health, and substance use disorder treatment service providers and systems.
Intimate Partner Violence and Substance Use Coercion
Administration for Children and Families, Family and Youth Services Bureau (2018)
Explores the topic of substance use coercion, which is often linked to intimate partner violence. Coercive tactics the abuser may use include trying to undermine a partner's sobriety, inducing substance dependency, controlling access to treatment or medications, undermining recovery, undermining custody of children, or disrupting support systems.
Opioids, Domestic Violence, and Mental Health
Hussain & Warshaw (2017)
Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs
Reviews the impact of the opioid epidemic and connections with intimate partner violence. The article mentions several studies on their interaction to create an emerging perspective for substance abuse and child welfare professionals to consider.
Saving Lives: Meeting the Needs of Intimate Partner Violence Survivors Who Use Opioids: Research and Policy Brief (PDF - 383 KB)
Phillips, Schaeffer, White-Domain, & Warshaw (2019)
National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma and Mental Health
Examines the intersection of opioid use and intimate partner violence, including survivors of domestic violence who use opioids and substance use coercion, which is when abusers use tactics to trap their partners in opioid use.
Understanding Research on Intimate Partner Violence and Substance Abuse (PDF - 366 KB)
National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma, and Mental Health (2016)
Discusses research that shows intimate partner violence survivors may use substances at a higher rate than those who have not been abused.
Understanding the Connection Between Drug Addiction, Alcoholism, and Violence
American Addiction Centers (2019)
Reviews the correlation between substance abuse and violence and presents information on domestic violence, addiction, suicide, unhealthy coping mechanisms, effects on children, and more.
Exploring the Intersection Between Intimate Partner Violence and Substance Use/Abuse (PDF - 529 KB)
Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence (2018)
Presents a training on the intersection of intimate partner violence and substance use that explores how batterers use substance abuse to gain control in a relationship and examines community services for survivors who use substances to cope.
Orange County Women's Health Policy Brief: Domestic Violence, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse (PDF - 1,239 KB)
Orange County Women's Health Project (2017)
Presents recommendations from a task force in Orange County, California on addressing gaps in domestic violence, mental health, and substance abuse services. The recommendations included providing cross-training to professionals working in these areas, co-locating services, and distributing resource materials for first responders that would explain the intersection of these topic areas.