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The Link between Family Violence and Cruelty to Family Pets

By Judee Onyskiw

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Family violence remains a prevalent social problem crossing racial, geographic, social, and economic boundaries (World Health Organization, 2002). Different forms of family violence often exist in the same households. In the 1980s, researchers observed a connection between acts of animal cruelty and family violence. Since then other researchers have corroborated their findings. Despite these articles appearing in the scholarly literature, there has been relatively little attention given to this issue in mainstream literature on family violence and little evidence that this information has been used to inform prevention or intervention efforts. This article summarizes the empirical evidence on the link between family violence and cruelty to family pets and discusses the implications of these connections for professionals who work with women, children, families, or animals.

Date 2007
Publication Title Journal of Emotional Abuse
Volume 7
Issue 3
Pages 7-30
ISBN/ISSN 1092-6798, 1092-6798
Publisher Taylor & Francis
DOI 10.1080/10926798.2007.10766830
Language English
Author Address Faculty Health Community Studies, MacEwan Coll, Edmonton, Alberta
Additional Language English
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  1. Animal cruelty
  2. Child abuse
  3. Domestic violence
  4. Family
  5. pet abuse