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Research and Scholarship

Substance Abuse-Domestic Violence Therapy (SADV)

In 2005, Caroline Easton received a research grant from the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) to develop and test an integrated intervention to decrease both domestic violence and addictive behaviors through individual and couples therapy. Based on results from pilot projects funded by the Donaghue Foundation and the Psychotherapy Development Center at Yale’s Division of Substance Abuse, the study is testing the substance abuse-domestic violence therapy (SADV) approach, which had significantly reduced alcohol use and aggressive behavior in men arrested for domestic violence.


Wupperman P, Amble P, Devine S, Zonana H, Fals-Stewart W, Easton C. violence and substance use among female partners of men in treatment for intimate-partner violence. J Am Acad Psychiatry Law (2009) 37, 75-81.