The field of Domestic Violence research has expanded considerably in the past decade and now includes work conducted by researchers in many different disciplines, notably political science, public health, law, psychology, sociology, criminology, anthropology, family studies, and medicine. The SAGE Handbook of Domestic Violence provides a rich overview of the most important theoretical and empirical work in the field, organized by relationship type. The handbook addresses the three major areas of research on domestic violence: (1) Violence against partners; (2) Violence against children; and (3) Violence against other family members. This Handbook is a unique and timely publication and a long awaited, valuable resource for the vast amount of Domestic Violence research centres and individual researchers across the globe. Part 1: Men's Violence Against Women; Part 2: Women's Violence Against Men; Part 3: Violence Against Partners in Homosexual Relationships; Part 4: Mothers' Violence Against Children; Part 5: Father's Violence Against Children; Part 6: Other Circumstances of Neglect, Abuse, and Violence Against Children; Part 7: Violence Against Siblings; Part 8: Violence Against Parents; and Part 9: Violence Against Other Family Members.

Violence against Family Pets

Violence against Family Pets

Violence against family pets
Sara C. Haden Shelby E. McDonald Jennifer L. Murphy


Pets are increasingly seen as family members and can play significant roles (e.g., companions, playmate, entertainment) in how a family functions (Cain, 1985). They are often treated and cared for in ways that are similar to other human family members living in the home. Moreover, they may be relied on as sources of support. When a home is characterized by domestic violence (DV), oftentimes the pet(s) is also victimized. Arkow (2003) asserts, ‘When animals are abused, people are at risk. When people are abused, animals are at risk’ (2003: 1). As the coordinator of the National ...

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