Battered Pets and Domestic Violence

  title={Battered Pets and Domestic Violence},
  author={Frank R. Ascione and Claudia Weber and Teresa Michel Thompson and John C. Heath and Mika Maruyama and Kentaro Hayashi},
  journal={Violence Against Women},
  pages={354 - 373}
Key ResultWomen residing at domestic violence shelters (S group) were nearly 11 times more likely to report that their partner had hurt or killed pets than a comparison group of women who said they had not experienced intimate violence (NS group). Reports of threatened harm to pets were more than 4 times higher for the S group. Using the Conflict Tactics Scale, the authors demonstrated that severe physical violence was a significant predictor of pet abuse.

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