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Similarly, little has been done to assist battered women with chemical dependency problems to meet their need for both safety and sobriety.Neither system currently is equipped to provide the range of services needed by battered women and batterers who are affected by chemical dependency.Even for batterers who do drink, there is little evidence to suggest a clear pattern that relates the drinking to the abusive behavior.The majority (76 percent) of physically abusive incidents occur in the absence of alcohol use (Kantor & Straus, 1987), and there is no evidence to suggest that alcohol use or dependence is linked to the other forms of coercive behaviors that are part of the pattern of domestic violence.Economic control, sexual violence, and intimidation, for example, are often part of a batterer’s ongoing pattern of abuse, with little or no identifiable connection to his use of or dependence on alcohol.The belief that alcoholism causes domestic violence evolves both from a lack of information about the nature of this abuse and from adherence to the “disinhibition theory.” This theory suggests that the physiological effects of alcohol include a state of lowered inhibitions in which an individual can no longer control his behavior.
Despite the significant correlation between domestic violence and chemical dependency, hardly any research has been conducted and little has been written about the need to develop intervention strategies that address both the domestic violence and the substance abuse problems of chemically dependent men who batter.
I would also like to mention, as you read the section “Lack of Understanding in the Domestic Violence Field”, as an organization, we strive to place the needs of survivors first and look at addictions with compassion and understanding. If a survivor comes to us and wishes to get clean and/or sober, we will assist them in whatever way we can.
We know what a difficult life it is living with a batterer; many of us have been there and used poor choices for coping, but the ways we coped and dealt with the abuse were at the same time saving our lives. Safety is the main issue, not telling them what to do.
The False Connection Between Adult Domestic Violence and Alcohol Theresa M. Digirolamo INTRODUCTION Since the 1970’s, significant efforts have been made to increase the public’s understanding of domestic violence and to educate professionals and service providers about this problem.
Through accounts from battered and formerly battered women, domestic violence is now understood to include a range of behaviors – physical, sexual, economic, emotional and psychological abuse – directed toward establishing and maintaining power and control over an intimate partner.