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Accounting for intimate partner violence perpetration. A cross-cultural comparison of English and Brazilian male substance users' explanations: Substance use and intimate partner violence

Radcliffe, Polly; d'Oliveira, Ana Flávia Pires Lucas; Lea, Susan; dos Santos Figueiredo, Wagner; Gilchrist, Gail

Authors

Polly Radcliffe

Ana Flávia Pires Lucas d'Oliveira

Wagner dos Santos Figueiredo

Gail Gilchrist

Abstract

Introduction and Aims
This paper describes how substance use features in the accounts of intimate partner violence (IPV) perpetrators in treatment in England and Brazil. The aim of the research was to better understand cross cultural constructions of IPV perpetration amongst men in treatment for substance use.

Design and Methods
Semi‐structured interviews were conducted with 40 men in community substance use treatment in Sao Paolo, Brazil and London and the South East of England who had reported IPV perpetration in a questionnaire survey. A thematic, narrative analysis was carried out of men's explanations for IPV perpetration.

Findings
Three types of narratives were distinguished: (i) disputes, centred on substance use, that escalate to IPV perpetration; (ii) IPV perpetration that is explained by uncharacteristic loss of control, as a result of intoxication; and (iii) IPV perpetration provoked by a perceived betrayal, in which substance use is incidental. In all types of accounts hegemonic principles of male and female roles and behaviour provided a context for and make IPV perpetration explicable.

Discussion and Conclusions
Substance use and IPV are culturally constructed and contextually defined. Understanding the meaning‐making of substance using IPV perpetrators has implications for the treatment of both substance abuse and IPV. [Radcliffe P, d'Oliveira AFPL, Lea S, dos Santos Figueiredo W, Gilchrist G. Accounting for intimate partner violence perpetration. A cross‐cultural comparison of English and Brazilian male substance users' explanations. Drug Alcohol Rev 2017;36:64–71]

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date 2017-01
Journal Drug and Alcohol Review
Print ISSN 0959-5236
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 36
Issue 1
Pages 64-71
Institution Citation Radcliffe, P., d'Oliveira, A. F. P. L., Lea, S., dos Santos Figueiredo, W., & Gilchrist, G. (2017). Accounting for intimate partner violence perpetration. A cross-cultural comparison of English and Brazilian male substance users' explanations: Substance use and intimate partner violence. Drug and Alcohol Review, 36(1), 64-71. https://doi.org/10.1111/dar.12450
DOI https://doi.org/10.1111/dar.12450
Keywords Intimate partner violence; Perpetration; Substance abuse; Gender; Account
Publisher URL https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/dar.12450

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© 2016 The Authors Drug and Alcohol Review published by John Wiley & Sons Australia, Ltd on behalf of Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other DrugsDrug and Alcohol Review(January 2017), 36, 64–71DOI: 10.1111/dar.12450This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided theoriginal work is properly cited.



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