Justice-involved women report high rates of victimization across their life span, and these experiences contribute to their involvement in the criminal justice (CJ) system. Within this population, research has identified an overlap among victimization and substance use, a high-risk coping mechanism. Furthermore, research indicates attachment style is related to coping and high-risk behaviors. Research is needed to understand the relationship among these mechanisms as they relate to intimate partner violence (IPV). To address this gap, this study investigated the relationship between attachment, coping, childhood victimization, substance use, and IPV among 406 victimized women on probation/parole. Results of 6 multivariate regression analyses were statistically significant, accounting for 8%-13% of the variance in IPV. Particularly, childhood sexual victimization and negative coping were significant in all analyses. Findings provide practitioners, administrators, and policymakers information about the specific needs of justice-involved women.
|Number of pages||21|
|Journal||Violence and Victims|
|State||Published - 2017|
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
The research described here was supported, in part, by a grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (R01DA027981). Special thanks to all the women who have participated in this research. Additional gratitude is expressed to Robin Cook, Amy Brooks, and the Kentucky Department of Corrections, Division of Probation, and Parole for their assistance.
© 2017 Springer Publishing Company.
- Criminal justice
- Intimate partner violence (IPV)
- Life span victimization
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pathology and Forensic Medicine
- Health(social science)