The ongoing impact of domestic violence on animal welfare

Tiplady, Catherine M., Walsh, Deborah B. and Phillips, Clive J. C. (2015) The ongoing impact of domestic violence on animal welfare. Animal Studies Journal, 4 2: 116-139.

Author Tiplady, Catherine M.
Walsh, Deborah B.
Phillips, Clive J. C.
Title The ongoing impact of domestic violence on animal welfare
Journal name Animal Studies Journal
ISSN 2200-9140
Publication date 2015-12-20
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 4
Issue 2
Start page 116
End page 139
Total pages 25
Place of publication Wollongong, NSW, Australia
Publisher Australian Animal Studies Group
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Formatted abstract
A study of five women who had left violent relationships six months previously was undertaken to elicit information on the importance of companion animals during the violence and subsequent period. The questions focused on the women’s experiences of companion animal ownership during domestic violence, incidents of animal abuse/neglect, animals’ behavioural changes, experiences of veterinarians as a source of support and perpetrators’ use of human/animal directed violence. We found that (1) companion animal behavioural changes persisted after the violent relationship, (2) perpetrators selectively controlled their violent behaviour and (3) veterinarians were not considered useful sources of support by all women interviewed. To address these issues we recommend that veterinarians are educated in the best ways to offer support in cases of domestic violence co-occurring to companion animals.
Keyword Domestic violence and pets
Companion animals
Impact of violence on animals
Domestic violence
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Official 2016 Collection
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Created: Tue, 22 Mar 2016, 12:33:48 EST by Dr Deborah-Anne Bernadette Walsh on behalf of School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work