Alcohol availability and domestic violence. Academic Article uri icon


  • The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship among sociodemographic variables, alcohol outlet density, and rate of domestic violence in New Jersey. Data were obtained for the 223 largest municipalities in the state and were examined using factor analysis and bivariate and multivariate analyses. Three sociodemographic factors were extracted through factor analysis. These explained 58% of the variance among municipalities in rates of domestic violence. One factor--termed social disadvantage--explained the greatest amount of unique variance (42%). Alcohol outlet density added nothing to the sociodemographic model and did not interact with any of the three sociodemographic factors. The findings show that, in the state of New Jersey, higher levels of alcohol outlet density are not geographically associated with higher rates of domestic violence. These findings may be due to limitations in the data sets employed in the study, limitations of the macrolevel analysis employed, and/or the complex nature of the relationship between alcohol use and domestic violence.

published proceedings

  • Am J Drug Alcohol Abuse

altmetric score

  • 10.7

author list (cited authors)

  • Gorman, D. M., Labouvie, E. W., Speer, P. W., & Subaiya, A. P.

citation count

  • 37

complete list of authors

  • Gorman, DM||Labouvie, EW||Speer, PW||Subaiya, AP

publication date

  • November 1998