Domestic Violence Help and Addiction

Addiction and Domestic Violence Help
Numerous studies have documented the rampant presence of alcohol and drugs in domestic violence incidents. According to the United States Justice Department, 61 percent of domestic abusers have substance abuse problems.

Survivors and perpetrators of domestic violence are like survivors and perpetrators or substance abuse. Most domestic violence cases do NOT end in homicide.

  • There is a very small percent that these cases will end in homicide.
  • Groups are most focused on the population that could end in homicide.

Survivors of substance abuse (the family and friends of the user) give up on the user even after they change because there is no personality change in the first year of sobriety

  • Families are still upset when users get sober but do not have a 180 transformation.
  • “The first year of recovery is just about being sober (i.e. not having a drink).  After a year of sobriety, people will be able to change their personalities,” paraphrased from Alyce LaViolette.

Both sides feel shame, anger, hurt, betrayal when a loved one relapses/hurts them. Using different techniques with people in anger management

  • “Pulling the towel method:” Instead of being physically violent with the other person, you each hold the ends of a towel and pull on it as you go back and forth arguing.
  • Mindfulness

When we take back a person that has caused us repeated harm as domestic violence, we, in essence, are telling them that we will allow their behavior. Correlation (does not mean causation) with substance abuse. NATIONAL STATISTICS SOURCE:  CDC (from 2010)

  • On average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States. During one year, this equates to more than 10 million women and men.
  • 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have been victims of [some form of] physical violence by an intimate partner within their lifetime.
  • 1 in 5 women and 1 in 7 men have been victims of severe physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime.
  • 1 in 7 women and 1 in 18 men have been stalked by an intimate partner during their lifetime to the point in which they felt very fearful or believed that they or someone close to them would be harmed or killed.

Source: DV Counts National Summary (from 2013)

  • On a typical day, there are more than 20,000 phone calls placed to domestic violence hotlines nationwide.

Source: U.S. Dept. Of Justice (published 2014, data from 2003 -2012)

  • Intimate partner violence accounts for 15% of all violent crime.
  • Women between the ages of 18-24 are most commonly abused by an intimate partner.
  • 19% of domestic violence involves a weapon.
  • Domestic victimization is correlated with a higher rate of depression and suicidal behavior.
  • Only 34% of people who are injured by intimate partners receive medical care for their injuries.

Source: Bridges, F.S., Tatum, K. M., & Kunselman, J.C. (2008). Domestic violence statutes and rates of intimate partner and family homicide: A research note. Criminal Justice Policy Review, 19(1), 117-130.

  • 1 in 4 men have been physically abused (slapped, pushed, shoved) by an intimate partner.
  • 1 in 18 men are severely injured by intimate partners in their lifetimes.

Source: Resource Center on Domestic Violence (from Oct 2015)

  • A common belief is that if a woman leaves her batterer she will be safer because the violence will end. This is a myth for many women; 75% of women who are murdered by their intimate partner had recently separated from their abuser, and many women experience continued and even escalated violence after separation.
    • (Cindy Southworth, Shawndell Dawson, Cynthia Fraser, and Sarah Tucker, A High-Tech Twist on Abuse: Technology, Intimate Partner Stalking, and Advocacy, NNEDV, 2005.)
  • Domestic violence is the third leading cause of homelessness among families in the U.S., further exacerbating a problem that is already all too common in this country.
    • (U.S. Conference of Mayors. (2009). Hunger and Homelessness Survey. Retrieved 9/10/14 from; see also American Civil Liberties Union, Women’s Rights Project. (2004). Domestic Violence and Homelessness. Retrieved 9/4/14 from Domestic Violence and Homelessness.)
  • The number one protective factor in helping children heal from exposure to domestic violence is the presence of a consistent, supportive, and loving adult, most often their non-abusive parent.
    • (Masten, A.S. (2006). Promoting resilience in development: A general framework for systems of care. In R.J. Flynn, et al. (eds.), Promoting resilience in child welfare 3-17.)

Get Addiction and Domestic Violence Help

Domestic violence—also known as intimate partner violence, spousal abuse, or domestic abuse—is the abusive behavior of one partner toward another in an effort to gain and maintain control. This can occur between partners, parents and children, or even siblings. Behaviors vary in frequency and severity and may include physical or sexual violence, as well as emotional, psychological, or financial abuse. Numerous studies have documented the rampant presence of alcohol and drugs in domestic violence incidents. According to the United States Justice Department, 61 percent of domestic abusers have substance abuse problems. Domestic violence and family violence are associated with substance-related disorders and have a number of common characteristics, including loss of control, continuation of behavior despite any  adverse consequences, preoccupation or obsession, a development of tolerance for the violence, and family involvement. In addition, domestic violence predisposes the next generation to domestic violence and addictive disorders.


Because of the high correlation between domestic violence and substance abuse (whether it’s a driver behind violent behavior, or used as a coping method for the abused), StepHouse Recovery offers intervention tracks for both batterers and victims, as well as addiction, and are often used in concert with existing judicial, corrections, and advocacy programs. Treatment for Victims: Individual counseling can help anyone who has been a victim of domestic violence see the pattern of abuse in a relationship, develop a safety plan and change habits of victimization, as well as treat any correlating addictions. Treatment for Perpetrators: If you have been violent in your relationship or if you are concerned you may be violent, you have one goal that ranks above all the rest: to avoid physically hurting your partner. If you are behaving in a way that physically and/or mentally harms your partner, know that change is possible. No person is born abusive – and just as abusive attitudes and behaviors are learned, they can, with time and diligence, be unlearned.

  • Help you to understand why you emotionally or physically hurt your partner
  • Give you down-to-earth tools to avoid domestic abuse
  • Assist you in developing a plan to create a more satisfying and healthy relationship

Recovery can be a long process, but regardless of what stage in the patient is in, we always offer:

  • High Staff-To-Client Ratio
  • Personalized Approach to Trauma that Promotes Deep Healing
  • Experienced Multidisciplinary Staff
  • Comprehensive Continuum of Care
  • Family Involvement throughout Treatment

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