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Adulthood animal abuse among women court-referred to batterer intervention programs
Journal of Interpersonal Violence (2012)
  • J. Febres
  • R. Shorey
  • H. Brasfield
  • H. C. Zucosky
  • A. Ninnemann
  • J. Elmquist
  • M. M. Bucossi
  • S. M. Andersen
  • Y. C. Schonbrun
  • Gregory Lyal Stuart
The substantial increase in the enrollment of women in batterer intervention programs (BIPs) over the past 30 years has greatly outpaced research on women who perpetrate intimate partner violence (IPV). As a result, it is unknown whether existing programs, which were originally designed to treat male perpetrators, are effective at preventing recidivism among women. Recent research shows that men who perpetrate IPV may also aggress against nonintimate partners, children, and animals, and that the reach of their aggressive tendencies has implications for treatment. Conducting similar investigations on women who perpetrate IPV may help to inform treatment delivery in BIPs. This study examined the prevalence of adulthood animal abuse perpetration and its association with psychological and physical IPV perpetration in a sample of women arrested for domestic violence (N = 87). Seventeen percent (n = 15) of the women committed at least one act of animal abuse since the age of 18, in contrast to the 0.28% prevalence rate reported in the general population. The overrepresentation of animal abuse in this sample was consistent with that of men arrested for domestic violence. Furthermore, women who reported committing animal abuse as an adult showed moderately higher rates of psychological aggression and physical assault perpetration against their partners, relative to women who did not report animal abuse. Implications for future research are discussed. doi: 10.1177/0886260512441080
  • intimate partner violence,
  • animal abuse,
  • female perpetrator
Publication Date
October, 2012
Citation Information
J. Febres, R. Shorey, H. Brasfield, H. C. Zucosky, et al.. "Adulthood animal abuse among women court-referred to batterer intervention programs" Journal of Interpersonal Violence Vol. 27 Iss. 15 (2012)
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