Have you ever felt afraid when your partner has been drinking?

As we approach the start of the ‘silly season,’ what should be a time of fun and celebration with friends and family can also have a darker side.

A new PhD study at La Trobe University is looking at the effect of alcohol on relationships. The sad reality for many women is that they feel afraid when their partner drinks. While alcohol does not cause someone to be violent, it can make things worse. We know that alcohol is present in over 40% of domestic violent incidents in Victoria; it contributes to verbal and physically aggressive behaviour, and women are more severely harmed by a violent male partner when he has been drinking.

This study is inviting women aged 18-50 years living in Victoria to share their experience of fear or harm when a partner was drinking in a voluntary, confidential interview at a location of their choice.  The interview will go for about 1 hour and any parking/travel costs will be reimbursed. All personal information will be kept private and confidential.

To find out more about the study, please call the confidential recruitment line (03) 9479 8805 or email wings.study@latrobe.edu.au. Please feel free to pass this on to your networks.

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This study has ethics approval from the La Trobe University Human Ethics Committee (13-040).