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The experiences of battered women, however, challenge this view. Battered women report that even when their partners appear “uncontrollably drunk” during a physical assault, they routinely exhibit the ability to “sober up” remarkably quickly if there is an outside interruption, such as police intervention. In the addictions treatment system, misinformation often leads counselors to understand and respond to domestic violence through the use of an addictions framework, an approach that has particularly harmful consequences for battered women.Such an approach identifies battering either as a symptom of alcohol abuse or addiction or as an addiction itself.
In the cases in which battered women report that the level of physical abuse decreases, they often report a corresponding increase in other forms of coercive control and abuse—the threats, manipulation and isolation intensify (Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women, 1992). 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.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.
I found this article seven years ago and thought it was very interesting and gave me much to think about as a new domestic violence advocate as I had been a drug and alcohol counselor.