Harm Reduction in Domestic Violence: Does Marijuana Make Assaults Safer?
34 Pages Posted: 8 May 2019
Date Written: April 9, 2019
While all forms of domestic violence can be uniquely traumatizing, incidents resulting in serious injury can lead to lasting physical, mental, and financial consequences for the victim. Hence, it is surprising that most literature on the effects of policy intervention on domestic violence treats such incidents as homogeneous rather than considering differing levels of victim injury. This study provides evidence that decriminalization of marijuana leads to substantial declines in victim injury. Among domestic violence assaults where the victim suffered a serious injury, there was a significant decline in incidents where the offender was under the influence of alcohol or used a weapon.
Keywords: marijuana, domestic violence, DV, harm reduction
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