The efficacy of batterer intervention programs to reduce intimate partner violence (IPV) is questionable with individuals with alcohol problems particularly unlikely to benefit. We examined whether adding adjunctive alcohol intervention to batterer intervention reduced the likelihood of substance use and violence relative to batterer intervention alone.
252 hazardous drinking men in batterer intervention programs. Participants were randomized to receive 40 hours of standard batterer program (SBP), or the SBP plus a 90-minute alcohol intervention (SBP+BAI). None withdrew due to adverse effects. Data were collected at baseline, 3-, 6-, and 12-month follow-up, with follow-up rates of 95%, 89%, and 82%, respectively.
Men with a history of intimate partner violence and hazardous drinking who received a batterer intervention plus an alcohol intervention showed improved alcohol and violence outcomes initially, but improvements faded by 12 months.
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