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NCJ Number: 222418 Find in a Library
Title: Animal Abuse and Domestic Violence: A View From the Border
Journal: Journal of Emotional Abuse  Volume:7  Issue:3  Dated:2007  Pages:59-81
Author(s): Catherine A. Faver; Alonzo M. Cavazos Jr.
Date Published: 2007
Page Count: 23
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The purpose of this study was to examine the link or relationship between animal abuse and domestic violence in a sample of Hispanic women.
Abstract: Results of the study indicate that almost a third (32.4 percent) of pet-owning Hispanic women reported that their partners threatened, harmed, or killed their pets. The results suggest that pet abuse is used to intimidate and coerce women of Mexican descent living in the impoverished border region of south Texas. In the sample, as a whole, the findings indicate that women whose pets had been abused were more likely to report that their pets were an important source of emotional support and that they were concerned about their pets during the abusive relationship. Important implications are noted in recognition of the link between animal cruelty and family violence. Previous research indicates that batterers often threaten or harm pets in order to intimidate and control their female partners. However, this research has been limited to samples comprised primarily of non-Hispanic women. To close this research gap, a survey was conducted of 151 pet-owning women of which 74 percent were Hispanic and who sought help from 2 South Texas domestic violence programs near the United States-Mexico border. Tables and references
Main Term(s): Cruelty to animals; Domestic violence causes; Southwestern States
Index Term(s): Cross-cultural comparisons; Domestic assault; Family offenses; Hispanic Americans; Home environment; Sociological analyses
Note: Special issue titled, Animal Abuse and Family Violence: Linkages, Research, and Implications for Professional Practice. For additional articles see NCJ-222416-417 and NCJ-222419-420.
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