After punching his wife a 24 year old Portadown man then held a knife to her face, Craigavon Magistrates Court heard on Wednesday.
Stuart David Morrow, Elizabeth terrace, Portadown, admitted assault occasioning actual bodily harm on June 13.
The court heard that the injured party told police her husband had assaulted her and then left the home.
There was a swelling to the left side of her face and eye. She said he punched her twice in a drunken rage after they had a row.
He also held a kitchen knife about six inches from her face and was verbally abusive before sticking the knife into the bannister.
Morrow was arrested and when interviewed by police denied the assault, saying he pushed her and she fell and injured herself. He denied the allegation about the knife.
A barrister for Morrow said he could not remember what had happened but he now realised how horrendous it was and he was very remorseful.
He added that the defendant did have issues with drugs and had an alcohol addiction.
The case had been adjourned from a previous court so that a pre-sentence report could be obtained.
District Judge, Mr Alan White, said it was a serious domestic violence case and there was little doubt many in the community would feel the defendant should be locked up.
But he was just about persuaded that there could be a more constructive way of proceeding by imposing a combination order.
He gave Morrow 200 hours of community service and put him on probation for two years with the condition that he attended the integrated domestic abuse programme.
The judge also ordered him to pay £300 compensation to the injured party.
But he warned Morrow that the sentence was an alternative to immediate custody and if he did not complete the course he could expect to go into custody.