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Relationship Between Domestic Violence and Animal Abuse: An Australian Study

NCJ Number
237092
Journal
Journal of Interpersonal Violence Volume: 23 Issue: 9 Dated: September 2008 Pages: 1277-1295
Author(s)
Anne M. Volant; Judy A. Johnson; Eleonora Gullone; Grahame J. Coleman
Date Published
September 2008
Length
19 pages
Annotation
This article reports on the first Australian research to examine the connection between domestic violence and animal abuse.
Abstract
Several North American studies have found a connection between domestic violence and animal abuse. This article reports on the first Australian research to examine this connection. A group of 102 women recruited through 24 domestic violence services in the state of Victoria and a nondomestic violence comparison group (102 women) recruited from the community took part in the study. Significantly higher rates of partner pet abuse, partner threats of pet abuse, and pet abuse by other family members were found in the violent families compared with the nondomestic violence group. As hypothesized, children from the violent families were reported by their mothers to have witnessed and committed significantly more animal abuse than children from the nonviolent families. Logistic regression analyses revealed, for the group as a whole, that a woman whose partner had threatened the pets was 5 times more likely to belong to the intimate partner violence group. (Published Abstract)