Childhood victimization, attachment, coping, and substance use among victimized women on probation and parole

Amanda Dishon-Brown, Seana Golder, Tanya Renn, Katherine Winham, George E. Higgins, T. K. Logan

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)431-451
Number of pages21
JournalViolence and Victims
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2017

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  • Criminal justice
  • Intervention
  • Intimate partner violence (IPV)
  • Life span victimization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Health(social science)
  • Law


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