Substance Use and Intimate Partner Violence Perpetration

  • Christopher I. EckhardtEmail author
  • Dominic J. Parrott
  • Andrea A. Massa
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The present chapter examines evidence concerning associations between misuse of substances and intimate partner violence (IPV) perpetration. There is consensus that alcohol misuse is consistently associated with IPV perpetration; however, this association is exceedingly complex, of moderate strength, and impacted by a variety of moderating factors. Misuse of substances other than alcohol show a more inconsistent connection to IPV perpetration. We examine the ability of existing theoretical approaches to make sense of these complex associations. In particular, we focus on the Instigating-Impelling-Inhibiting (I3) Model as an ideal framework to model how substance misuse facilitates IPV perpetration. In addition, we examine the implications of this integrative theoretical approach as a basis for (a) future research on substance misuse and IPV perpetration, especially from a dyadic perspective and (b) the development of effective interventions for individuals at high risk for engaging in alcohol-facilitated IPV.


Intimate partner violence (IPV) Substance misuse Alcohol intoxication Dyadic I3 Model Integrated treatment 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Christopher I. Eckhardt
    • 1
    Email author
  • Dominic J. Parrott
    • 2
  • Andrea A. Massa
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Psychological SciencesPurdue UniversityWest LafayetteUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyGeorgia State UniversityAtlantaUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Glenna Tinney
    • 1
  • Shelly M. Wagers
    • 2
  • Jennifer Langhinrichsen-Rohling
    • 3
  1. 1.ConsultantAlexandriaUSA
  2. 2.College of Arts and Sciences - Society, Culture, and LanguageUniversity of South Florida - St. PetersburgSt. PetersburgUSA
  3. 3.University of North Carolina- CharlotteCharlotteUSA

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