Violence victimization of young men in heterosexual relationships: does alcohol outlet density influence outcomes?

Martha W Waller, Bonita J Iritani, Robert L Flewelling, Sharon L Christ, Carolyn Tucker Halpern, Kathryn E Moracco
Violence and Victims 2012, 27 (4): 527-47
This study examined whether alcohol outlet density is associated with male physical and sexual victimization by a female partner. Data were from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health). A total of 3,179 young adult men identified a current heterosexual relationship and had complete intimate partner violence (IPV) victimization data. Almost 16% of this sample reported being the victim of physical only IPV in their relationship over the previous 12 months; an additional 6.4% were victims of sexual only or sexual and physical IPV. Multivariate analyses indicated high alcohol outlet density was associated with greater odds of experiencing physical IPV only (odds ratio [OR] = 2.07). Heavy drinkers experienced increased odds of physical and sexual IPV victimization. Alcohol outlet density should be addressed in prevention efforts.

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