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Intimate Partner Violence by Men Abusing and Non-abusing Alcohol in Poland
Dept. and Clinic of Psychiatry in the Medical Academy of Lublin, 1 Gluska St., Lublin, Poland
Dept. of Neurodegenerative Diseases, Institute of Agricultural Medicine, 2 Jaczewskiego St., Lublin, Poland
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Received: 7 March 2007; Accepted: 15 March 2007 / Published: 31 March 2007
Abstract: Alcohol use is to one of the most of risk factors for intimate partner violence. The aim of this study was to check the difference of demographic characteristics and type of violence between of the perpetrators with a history of alcohol abuse (A) versus the perpetrators without a history of alcohol abuse (N). Data were obtained from the survey conducted in the office of the Association for Violence Prevention in the city of Lublin, Poland. 400 perpetrators and their victims (400 subjects) were examined. To collect information from victims a specially designed questionnaire was used (VQ). Besides, another questionnaire (PQ) and The Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT) was used to measure alcohol use in the perpetrators. About 76% of the perpetrators scored 8 and above (AUDIT). 84.8% of the perpetrators with a history of alcohol abuse (A) versus 9.2% of the perpetrators without a history of alcohol abuse (N) committed acts of violence after alcohol consumption. The A-perpetrators were more likely to be younger, have lower education and break law, and less likely to have permanent jobs than the N- perpetrators. The significant difference in the type of violence was found: the A-perpetrators were more likely to commit physical violence (78.2%) than the N-perpetrators (33.2%) and the N-perpetrators were more likely to commit sexual violence (32.2%) than A-perpetrators (9.14%). We would like to conclude that despite similarities among perpetrators, they are not a homogenous group so different therapeutic approach should be considered.
Keywords: Intimate partner violence; risk factors for partner violence; alcohol abuse
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Makara-Studzinska, M.; Gustaw, K. Intimate Partner Violence by Men Abusing and Non-abusing Alcohol in Poland. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2007, 4, 76-80.
Makara-Studzinska M, Gustaw K. Intimate Partner Violence by Men Abusing and Non-abusing Alcohol in Poland. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2007; 4(1):76-80.
Makara-Studzinska, Marta; Gustaw, Katarzyna. 2007. "Intimate Partner Violence by Men Abusing and Non-abusing Alcohol in Poland." Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 4, no. 1: 76-80.