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Advancing theory and treatment approaches for males in substance misuse treatment who perpetrate intimate partner violence (ADVANCE)

Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) refers to any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour, violence or abuse. Previous research has found that 40% of men receiving treatment for substance use had been physically or sexually violent towards their partner in the previous year, rising to 70 per cent for psychological abuse – rates far higher than among the general population.

Despite this, few studies have been conducted to examine the effectiveness of interventions for male substance users who perpetrate IPV. This new five-year research programme will test whether a group therapy that addresses IPV and substance use concurrently reduces IPV carried out by men attending substance use treatment sessions, and whether this leads to a resulting improvement in depressive symptoms among their current and ex-partners.


Funder: NIHR CCF
Start date: 01-Oct-2016
End date: 30-Sept-2021



Internal Staff

External Collaborators

Mental Health and Addiction Research in the Department of Health Sciences