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Adulthood animal abuse among men arrested for domestic violence

By Jeniimarie Febres, Gregory L. Stuart (adviser)

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The effectiveness of batterer intervention programs at reducing future intimate partner violence (IPV) perpetration is limited. Learning about perpetrators to more comprehensively address issues relevant to their aggressive tendencies could aid in the development of more effective treatments. This study examined the prevalence of adulthood animal abuse perpetration and its association with psychological and physical IPV perpetration, antisocial traits, and alcohol use in a sample of men arrested for domestic violence (N = 307). Forty-one percent (n = 125) of the men committed at least one act of animal abuse since the age of 18, in contrast to the 3.0 percent prevalence rate reported by men in the general population. Findings were consistent with past research showing associations between IPV perpetration, adulthood animal abuse, antisocial traits, and alcohol use. Further, even after controlling for antisocial traits and alcohol use, adulthood animal abuse showed a trend towards a significant association with the perpetration of physical and severe psychological IPV perpetration. Implications for intervention programs and cross-sector reporting, as well as directions for future research, are discussed.


Megan Kendall

Purdue University

Date 2012
Pages 41
Location of Publication Knoxville, TN
Degree Master of Arts
Language English
Notes This article was found at the University of Tennessee's Trace digital Archive:
University The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
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  1. Adults
  2. Aggressive behavior
  3. Animal abuse
  4. Animal cruelty
  5. Animals in culture
  6. Animal welfare
  7. Domestic violence
  8. Pet ownership