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Interventions to Reduce Intimate Partner Violence Perpetration by Men Who Use Substances: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Efficacy

Stephens-Lewis, Danielle, Johnson, Amy, Huntley, A., Gilchrist, Elizabeth, McMurran, M., Henderson, J., Feder, G., Howard, L.M. and Gilchrist, G. (2021) Interventions to Reduce Intimate Partner Violence Perpetration by Men Who Use Substances: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Efficacy. Trauma, Violence and Abuse, 22 (5). pp. 1262-1278. ISSN 1524-8380 Online: 1552-8324

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Introduction: Despite the high prevalence of intimate partner violence (IPV) perpetration by men who use substances, limited evidence exists about how best to reduce IPV among this group. Method: A systematic narrative review with meta-analysis determined the effectiveness of interventions to reduce IPV by men who use substances. Inclusion criteria were randomized and nonrandomized controlled trials; adult heterosexual male IPV perpetrators where at least 60% of participants were alcohol and/or drug users; the intervention targeted IPV with or without targeting substance use (SU); outcomes included perpetrator and/or victim reports of IPV, SU, or both. Methodological quality was assessed. Results: Nine trials (n ¼ 1,014 men) were identified. Interventions were grouped into (1) integrated IPV and SU interventions (n ¼ 5), (2) IPV interventions with adjunct SU interventions (n ¼ 2), and (3) stand-alone IPV interventions (n ¼ 2). Cognitive behavioral and motivational interviewing therapies were the most common approaches. Data from individual trials showed a reduction in SU outcomes in the short term (3months; n ¼ 2 trials) and IPV perpetration at different time points (n ¼ 3 trials) for interventions compared with treatment as usual (TAU). Meta-analysis with integrated IPV and SU interventions showed no difference in SU (n ¼ 3 trials) or IPV outcomes (n ¼ 4 trials) versus SU TAU. Conclusions: Little evidence exists for effective interventions for male IPV perpetrators who use substances. Outcomes in integrated interventions were not superior to TAU in meta-analysis. Future trials should consider the nature of the relationship between IPV and SU in intervention design, duration of intervention, and type and timing of outcome measures.

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Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: intervention/treatment, domestic violence, alcohol and drugs, IRWRG
Divisions: College of Business, Psychology and Sport > School of Psychology
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Depositing User: Danielle Stephens-Lewis
Date Deposited: 26 Nov 2019 16:22
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2023 15:04

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