Factsheet: Grasping the nettle: alcohol and domestic violence
A completely revised edition of this factsheet provides an updated overview of the research on the association between alcohol and domestic violence, and examines the implications for policy and practice
Alcohol's relationship with domestic violence is a controversial and sensitive subject. It brings together a sociable behaviour - drinking alcohol - with an anti-social behaviour - domestic violence. It is the marriage of the two that challenges our understanding and response.
Alcohol does not cause domestic violence, but there is evidence that where the domestic violence exists, alcohol is often present. Written by Dr Sarah Galvani from the University of Bedfordshire, this factsheet outlines in detail the research on the association between alcohol and domestic violence and examines the implications for policy and practice.