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Jones, Lisa and Grey, Hannah and Butler, Nadia and Quigg, Zara and Sumnall, Harry [Alcohol Change UK] . (2019) Rapid evidence review: The role of alcohol in contributing to violence in intimate partner relationships. London: Alcohol Concern. 55 p.

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Key findings:

  • Different ideas and explanations link alcohol use and intimate partner violence (IPV). Whether alcohol use plays a causal, contributory or other role in IPV remains an area of debate.
  • Meta-analyses show a robust association between alcohol use and IPV perpetration and victimisation in heterosexual relationships. Women appear to be at a higher risk of having physical IPV perpetrated against them by a male partner who has been drinking than vice versa.
  • Alcohol-related IPV occurring in the context of lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender relationships is understudied.
  • Explanations for why some people who drink alcohol perpetrate IPV are complex. Considering the interplay between broader contextual and environmental influences, and relationship and individual characteristics is likely to be useful in linking models of alcohol use and IPV.
  • Systematic reviews have identified a lack of robust evidence to determine whether population-level approaches to alcohol pricing and taxation, community-level policies and interventions to reduce alcohol availability, couples-based and individual-level alcohol treatment, and integrated alcohol and IPV perpetrator interventions effectively reduce or eliminate IPV-related outcomes.
Item Type:Evidence resource
Publication Type:Review
Drug Type:Alcohol
Intervention Type:AOD disorder harm reduction, Crime prevention
Source:Alcohol Change UK
Date:August 2019
Pages:55 p.
Publisher:Alcohol Concern
Place of Publication:London
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Subjects:B Substances > Alcohol
G Health and disease > Substance use disorder > Alcohol use > Alcohol intoxication
L Social psychology and related concepts > Marital relations > Family and kinship > Family and substance use > Substance related family problems
MM-MO Crime and law > Crime and violence > Substance related violence
MM-MO Crime and law > Crime and violence > Crime against persons (assault / abuse / intimidation)
VA Geographic area > Europe > United Kingdom

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