Examining substance use and related psychosocial factors among female intimate partner abuse survivors

Co-occurrence of intimate partner abuse (IPA) and substance abuse for women is estimated at 38 to over 60 percent. Approximately 60 to 70 percent of women in substance abuse treatment have experienced partner violence in the past six months. Despite high prevalence rates, comprehensive screening rarely occurs. Furthermore, the relationships between IPA survivors' socio-demographic characteristics and the ways in which specific psychosocial factors, such as the added experience of community violence, are related to their IPA experiences are not clearly understood. Gaps in the research exist on screening and other factors affecting women IPA survivors who abuse substances. The specific aims of this project responds to RWJF's Vulnerable Populations Team's questions on domestic violence to: (1) identify and compare screening approaches relevant to specific service settings, and (2) determine how substance abuse among women IPA survivors is related to their IPA, sociodemographic characteristics, and psychosocial factors.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $53,957.00

Awarded on: 5/9/2007

Time frame: 5/15/2007 - 8/31/2008

Grant Number: 61858


University of Texas at Austin

1 University Station
Austin, 78712-0100


Dawnovise N. Fowler
Project Director