Effects of Coordinated Services for Drug-Abusing Women Who Are Victims of Intimate Partner Violence.
Bennett, Larry. O'Brien, Patricia.
Violence Against Women
Vol. 13, No. 4 , p. 395-411
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This article summarizes outcomes from a demonstration project on collaboration between substance abuse and domestic violence agencies. Researchers recruited women seeking services for substance abuse or intimate partner violence at 1 of 6 participating agencies. Admitted women were both victims of domestic violence and abusing alcohol or drugs. Following an initial screening, participants were interviewed at program entry (n = 255) and again 4 to 6 months later (n = 128, 50%). Key outcomes were the number of days substances were used in the past 30 days, women's perceptions of harm from battering, and domestic violence self-efficacy. Results suggest participants used substances less frequently and experienced themselves as more efficacious following services, but they were also more fearful of the consequences of domestic violence. Repeated-measures MANOVA found that substance abuse days and domestic violence self-efficacy significantly contributed to the multivariate function. Implications for services for women with co-occurring substance abuse and domestic violence victimization are discussed. (Author abstract)
family violence; spouse abuse; partner abuse; substance abuse; battered women; co-occurrence; service delivery; interagency collaboration