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Exploring the link between pet abuse and controlling behaviors in violent relationships.

Abstract

Domestic violence is not as simple as one partner physically harming another. Instead, it consists of a complex range of controlling behaviors including physical, emotional, sexual, and economic maltreatment as well as isolation, male privilege, blaming, intimidation, threats, and minimizing/denying behaviors. In addition to the controlling behaviors reported by women seeking shelter from violent relationships, a growing body of research indicates some individuals who abuse their intimate partner also abuse their pets. This study explores these connections using reports of 1,283 female pet owners seeking refuge from their male batterer in a domestic violence shelter. Findings indicate that batterers who also abuse their pet (a) use more forms of violence and (b) demonstrate greater use of controlling behaviors than batterers who do not abuse their pets. Likewise, positive correlations are found between specific controlling behaviors and cruelty to pets. Implications for practice and future research are discussed.

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    Journal of interpersonal violence 22:9 2007 Sep pg 1211-22

    MeSH

    Adult
    Animal Welfare
    Animals
    Animals, Domestic
    Battered Women
    Dominance-Subordination
    Female
    Humans
    Interpersonal Relations
    Male
    Middle Aged
    Questionnaires
    Spouse Abuse

    Pub Type(s)

    Journal Article

    Language

    eng

    PubMed ID

    17704464