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The Intersection between Intimate Partner Violence and Substance Use Disorder

Intimate partner violence (IPV) is a pervasive health problem. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) data indicate that one in four women and one in nine men have been victims of sexual violence, physical violence, or stalking in their lifetime. Substance use disorders (SUDs) commonly co-exist with IPV. Among people with SUDs, researchers have consistently found high rates of both current and lifetime IPV.  Similarly, studies have also shown that victims of IPV are more likely to have a SUD, compared to those who have not experienced IPV. This presentation will discuss the intersection between IPV and SUDs, how the dynamics of IPV contribute to SUDs, and the needs of clients who experience both.


Learning Objectives:

Examine the intersection between IPV and SUDs
Identify the needs of clients/patients who are experiencing IPV and SUD
Identify strategies for engagement


Presenter: Dr. Tracy A. Evanson, PhD, RN, PHNA-BC