Miller, Brenda A.
In Women and Alcohol: Issues for Prevention Research
pgs. 239-259 , Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office (1996)
Editor(s): Howard, J.M.; Martin, S.E.; Mail, P.D.; Hilton, M.E.; and Taylor, E.D.This chapter explores both directions of the association between women's alcohol use and women's violent victimization. (However, the nature of the link between the perpetrator's use of alcohol and women's violent victimization is a separate issue and is not discussed here.) The types of victimization experienced by women often differ substantially from those experienced by men: Family violence and violence within intimate relationships provide the context for most women's victimization experiences, while for men, male-to-male aggression in non-intimate contexts is more common. To provide a framework for examining the research to date, this chapter first outlines conceptual and methodological issues. Next, it examines research that has specifically addressed the connections between women's alcohol use and their victimization; it then explores various factors at the individual level and at the larger sociocultural level that may influence or explain these relationships. Finally, using the most promising directions identified in the existing literature, this chapter suggests future research directions and implications for prevention efforts.