Intervention Strategies and Issues

The figure attempts to illustrate free-standing alcohol programs and free-standing programs for victims of intimate partner violence, and the diverse manner in which these populations are served, rather than an integrated service approach, given the statistical co-incidence that violence and alcohol abuse occur concurrently. Some alcohol treatment programs assess for batterer abuse and others do not, and some batterer programs do not assess for alcohol problems, rather than recognizing that having either one of these problems is indicative of also having the other. The figure contains 6 circles, 4 grouped in twos. Two circles are depicted independently, one circle with alcohol treatment and the other with intimate partner violence treatment. The second set of circles are interpenetrating circles suggesting some type of integrated approach to alcohol and intimate partner violence treatment. The remaining circles are combined, suggesting that alcohol and intimate partner violence treatment are handled concurrently.

[Source: Chalk, R., & King, P. A., Eds., Committee on the Assessment of Family Violence Interventions, National Research Council and Institute of Medicine (1998); Violence in families: Assessing prevention and treatment programs. Washington, D.C.: National Academy Press.; Bennett, L. (1995). Substance abuse and the domestic assault of women. Social Work, 40(6), 760-772; Silva, N.M., & Howard, M.C. (1991). Woman battering: the forgotten problem in alcohol abuse treatment. Family Dynamics Addiction Quarterly, 1(2), 8-19.]