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June 22, 2022 | External Resource

Understanding Substance Use Coercion


National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma, & Mental Health

Substance use coercion is a critical issue for survivors of intimate partner violence (IPV) that has widespread implications for state and federal policymakers and for the domestic violence and substance use disorder treatment and recovery fields. Survivors and advocates have long described the ways that abusive partners harm IPV survivors through coercive tactics focused on substance use, as part of a broader pattern of abuse, violence, and control. These tactics are known as substance use coercion.