This trial is active, not recruiting.

Conditions domestic violence, substance abuse
Treatments substance abuse/domestic violence treatment, cbt addressing partner violence
Sponsor VU University of Amsterdam
Start date September 2010
End date April 2014
Trial size 100 participants
Trial identifier NCT00847548, 2008-KP-463


Intimate partner violence is a significant societal problem. However, treatment of IPV perpetrators is far from effective, which may be partly due to the fact that the role of substance abuse is not taken into account. There is considerable evidence that a strong relationship between the use of alcohol and other drugs and intimate partner violence exists. Besides, a few studies indicate that reducing substance use may have a positive impact on IPV. Therefore, in this study, perpetrators of intimate partner violence with substance use disorders enrolled in domestic violence treatment will be randomly assigned to either standard treatment for offenders of domestic violence or a combination of the latter treatment with cognitive-behavioral therapy addressing substance abuse (combined treatment).

United States No locations recruiting
Other Countries No locations recruiting

Study Design

Allocation randomized
Endpoint classification efficacy study
Intervention model factorial assignment
Masking open label
Primary purpose treatment
A combined treatment containing cognitive behavioral therapy addressing partner violence and cognitive behavioral therapy addressing substance abuse
substance abuse/domestic violence treatment
This intervention is comprised of 16 sessions of cognitive behavioral therapy. 8 sessions are addressing partner violence and 8 sessions are addressing substance abuse.
(Active Comparator)
Cognitive behavioral therapy addressing partner violence
cbt addressing partner violence
This treatment is comprised of 16 sessions of cognitive behavioral therapy addressing partner violence.

Primary Outcomes

Quick Drinking Screen (QDS)
time frame: pretest, posttest, 6 & 12 months follow-up
Conflict Tactics Scale (CTS)
time frame: pretest, halfway treatment, posttest, 6 & 12 months follow-up
Timeline Followback interview
time frame: pretest, posttest

Secondary Outcomes

Brief Symptom Inventory (BSI)
time frame: pretest, posttest, 6 and 12 moths follow-up
Maudsly Marital Questionnaire (MMQ)
time frame: pretest, posttest, 6 and 12 months follow up

Eligibility Criteria

Male or female participants at least 18 years old.

Inclusion Criteria: - A history of perpetration of intimate partner violence - Current alcohol, cannabis and/or cocaine abuse or dependence - Still in an intimate relationship with the victim Exclusion Criteria: - Not sufficient fluency in Dutch to complete treatment and measures - (ab)use of crack cocaine and/or heroin - In need of clinical detoxification - Severe mental disorders, such as psychosis - Severe cognitive disorders, such as Korsakoff's syndrome - In treatment for other mental health problems - Abuse of children

Additional Information

Official title Treatment of Intimate Partner Violence and Substance Abuse in a Forensic Setting
Principal investigator Paul M.G. Emmelkamp, PhD.
Trial information was received from ClinicalTrials.gov and was last updated in September 2013.
Information provided to ClinicalTrials.gov by VU University of Amsterdam.