Intimate partner violence and companion animal welfare

Tiplady, C. M., Walsh, D. B. and Phillips, C. J. C. (2012) Intimate partner violence and companion animal welfare. Australian Veterinary Journal, 90 1-2: 48-53. doi:10.1111/j.1751-0813.2011.00843.x

Author Tiplady, C. M.
Walsh, D. B.
Phillips, C. J. C.
Title Intimate partner violence and companion animal welfare
Journal name Australian Veterinary Journal   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0005-0423
Publication date 2012-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1751-0813.2011.00843.x
Volume 90
Issue 1-2
Start page 48
End page 53
Total pages 6
Place of publication Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Objective To investigate the effect of intimate partner violence (IPV) on companion animal welfare.
Design Self-selected telephone survey of people meeting the criteria.
Methods Members of the Australian public with experience of IPV and concurrent companion animal ownership were invited to telephone a researcher for a semi-structured interview.
Results In total, 26 Australian women reported one or more companion animals in the household being verbally and/or physically abused by their male partner, usually with prolonged effects on animal behaviour; 92% indicated that they had been unwilling to discuss the animal abuse with a veterinarian. Many were unaware of animal accommodation services for people fleeing violence and those who did know about these were unwilling to use them, citing their bond with the animals as the main reason. Animals targeted for abuse were most likely to be dogs and owned by women rather than men, children or both partners.
Conclusion Animals can be severely affected by domestic violence situations and many people experiencing violence are unwilling to confide in veterinarians or seek help from animal shelters.
Keyword Animal abuse
Domestic violence
Interpersonal violence
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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Created: Wed, 23 Mar 2011, 14:09:14 EST by Dr Deborah-Anne Bernadette Walsh on behalf of School of Social Work and Human Services