MEGAN C. KEARNS, DENNIS E. REIDY, LINDA ANNE VALLE,
Division of Violence Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia
ABSTRACT. Objective: This article summarizes existing research on the relationship between alcohol policies and intimate partner violence (IPV). Because alcohol use represents an important risk factor for IPV, interventions and policies aimed at decreasing problem drinking may also lead to reductions in IPV. Method: Electronic databases were searched to identify relevant peer- reviewed journal articles on alcohol policies and IPV, as well as reference sections of appropriate articles. Only policies that have been studied specifi cally for their impact on IPV were included.