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Is methamphetamine use associated with domestic violence?

ISSN: 
0817-8542
Australian Institute of Criminology
Abstract: 

There is considerable evidence of the impact of methamphetamine use on violent behaviour. This paper presents findings from a review of existing research on the association between methamphetamine use and domestic violence.

Eleven studies met the criteria for inclusion. Domestic violence is common among methamphetamine users; however, methamphetamine users account for a small proportion of all domestic violence offenders.

There is evidence that methamphetamine users are more likely than non-users to perpetrate domestic violence. Importantly, methamphetamine use is frequently present along with other risk factors. This means methamphetamine use probably exacerbates an existing predisposition to violence, rather than causing violent behaviour. 

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Dowling C & Morgan A. 2018. Is methamphetamine use associated with domestic violence?. Trends & issues in crime and criminal justice No. 563. Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology. https://aic.gov.au/publications/tandi/tandi563