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Non-partner violence against women who use drugs in San Francisco

This article examines non-partner violence among women who use methamphetamine (N = 322), recruited in an inner-city neighborhood of San Francisco. The combined prevalence of non-partner physical or sexual violence in the past 6 months was 28%, roughly equal to the prevalence of partner violence (26%). In multivariate analysis, factors associated with non-partner violence included frequent subsistence difficulty (adjusted odds ratio [AOR] = 2.43, 95% confidence interval [CI] = [1.3, 4.6]) and sex trade (AOR = 2.27, 95% CI = [1.4, 4.1]). Having a steady male partner was not protective against non-partner violence. Violence perpetrated by non-partners should be considered when assessing social and structural factors that influence women's health


Lorvick, J., Lutnick, A., Wenger, L., Bourgois, P., Cheng, H., & Kral, A. (2014). Non-partner violence against women who use drugs in San Francisco. Violence Against Women: an international and interdisciplinary journal, 20(11), 1285-1298. https://doi.org/10.1177/1077801214552910

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