Effects of an Integrated Intervention for Substance Abuse and Intimate Partner Violence : A Proposed Study
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The proposed study elaborates previous literature on the relationship between women who experience intimate partner violence (IPV) and the co-occurring mental health consequences and substance abuse. Many women who experience IPV and the co-occurring mental health consequences self-medicate with substances, but there is little integration of services between substance abuse agencies and domestic violence agencies. For this proposed study, IPV is defined as any physical abuse, mental abuse, economic abuse, and/or psychological abuse by a current or past romantic partner. The purpose of this study is to examine the effectiveness of a brief integrated intervention for women who experience IPV and demonstrate problematic substance use in domestic violence shelters. Specifically, the effectiveness of the intervention in reducing substance intake, improving PTSD symptomatology, depression symptomatology, and in increasing further engagement in substance abuse treatment for women who experienced IPV. Shelters will be recruited and randomized to 1 of 3 conditions (substance abuse intervention, integrated intervention, or referral condition). Participants will complete assessments for PTSD, depression, drug and alcohol use upon entry to the shelter, at 30 days, and at 60 days. Participants who screen for substance abuse at the baseline will be included in the study. I predict that women in the integrated intervention will exhibit less PTSD symptoms, depression symptoms, and drug and alcohol use at the 30 day and 60 day time points than women in substance abuse intervention and referral condition.