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Nearly twice as many women as men said they perpetrated domestic violence in the past year.

That's the quote from a new study discussed at Dr. Helen's blog. The abstract also reports no association between domestic violence and alcohol or drugs of abuse. The study was published in the journal Violence and Victims.

I find the lack of association between domestic violence and alcohol use hard to believe. I suspect this finding may be related to the methodology used in the study. Any experienced police officer will tell you that alcohol and domestic violence go hand in hand.

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One potential problem with the study is an inflated definition of violence. A shove counts as violence.

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