Battered pets and domestic violence: animal abuse reported by women experiencing intimate violence and by nonabused women.

@article{Ascione2007BatteredPA,
  title={Battered pets and domestic violence: animal abuse reported by women experiencing intimate violence and by nonabused women.},
  author={Frank R. Ascione and Claudia V. Weber and Teresa Michel Thompson and John H. Heath and Mika Maruyama and K Hayashi},
  journal={Violence against women},
  year={2007},
  volume={13 4},
  pages={
          354-73
        }
}
Women 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. The vast majority of shelter women described… CONTINUE READING

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