Pets as Pawns: The Co-existence of Animal Cruelty and Family Violence
The study finds that animal abuse, or a threat of animal abuse, can happen both within the relationship and after a woman has left the relationship. 54.7% of women responding to the survey said that a family member or a partner had threatened to hurt or kill their animal. 90% of all threats reported were made by the person's partner, with 10% coming from another family member. 36.5% reported an animal had been hurt or killed during their relationship. 27.6% of the respondents at the woman's shelter reported staying in the relationship longer than they otherwise would have because of the presence of an animal.
Of those respondents with children, 32.7% said their child(ren) has seen a pet be threatened to be hurt or killed, and 24.5% of the children witnessed someone in the family hurt or kill an animal.
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