- Intimate partner violence remains a public health concern. When substance use and Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) co-occur, research suggests that substance use plays a facilitative role in IPV by precipitating or exacerbating violence,” (Psychiatric Times – The Role of Substance Abuse in Intimate Partner Violence). Therefore, it is imperative to treat the substance abuse/addiction.
- Greater than 20% of male perpetrators report using alcohol and/or illicit drugs prior to the most recent and severe acts of violence.
The U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics report on intimate violence found that 85% of victims are female.
Women are five to eight times more likely than men to be victimized by an intimate partner. Seventy-five percent of perpetrators are males. Of note, IPV also occurs in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) relationships.
Nearly 50% of Native American women experience IPV in their life, the highest rate amongst US population groups.
“On average, more than three women a day are murdered by their intimate partner in the United States,” and “Nearly one in four women in the United States report experiencing violence by a current or from a former spouse or boyfriend at some point in their life.” The most current data available from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds women experience over 2,000,000 injuries from intimate partner perpetrators. In the United States, the vast majority of nonfatal intimate partner victimizations of women (66%) occur in the home. (Futures Without Violence)
“15.5 million children in the US live in families in which partner violence occurred at least once in the past year,” (Futures Without Violence), and young women who were in shelters as children are now seeking protection from domestic violence situations themselves, according to the 2013 Mary Kay Truth about Abuse Survey. (Source: Intimate Partner Violence and Co-Occurring Substance Abuse/Addiction, by Richard G. Soper, MD, JD, MS, FASAM, DABAM, Editor-in-Chief | October 6, 2014, ASAM (American Society of Addictin Medicine))
- There are 4 ways a man's health affects his offspring. A fathers
lifestyle may have far more effect on a child's health than doctors
originally believed. Researchers at Georgetown University Medical Center
found, that there are 4 ways a man's health affects his offspring:
1) Kids of older fathers (40 and older) have higher rates of schizophrenia, autism, and birth defects.
2) Your dad's diet impacts how you react to food.
3) A dad who smokes may cause DNA damage.
4) An alcoholic father
raises the risk of fetal alcohol syndrome and developmental
difficulties, as three quarters of babies with fetal alcohol problems
had fathers who were alcoholics. Researchers found there are four ways a
man's health affects his offspring:
Fertility specialists say men are not immune to reproductive aging.
A man's lifestyle, age, and genetics can play just as significant a
role in the health of a baby as the mother's health. Dads lifestyle
linked to kids' health issues, ("Influence of paternal preconception
exposures on their offspring: through epigenetics to phenotype,"
American Journal of Stem Cells, April 2016)
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