Adulthood animal abuse among men arrested for domestic violence

Jeniimarie Febres, Hope Brasfield, Ryan C. Shorey, Joanna Elmquist, Andrew Ninnemann, Yael C. Schonbrun, Jeff R. Temple, Patricia R. Recupero, Gregory L. Stuart

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Learning more about intimate partner violence (IPV), perpetrators could aid the development of more effective treatments. The prevalence of adulthood animal abuse (AAA) perpetration and its association with IPV perpetration, antisociality, and alcohol use in 307 men arrested for domestic violence were examined. Forty-one percent (n = 125) of the men committed at least one act of animal abuse since the age of 18, in contrast to the 1.5% prevalence rate reported by men in the general population. Controlling for antisociality and alcohol use, AAA showed a trend toward a significant association with physical and severe psychological IPV perpetration.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1059-1077
Number of pages19
JournalViolence Against Women
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 13 2014


  • Animal abuse
  • Intimate partner violence
  • Male perpetrator

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Law


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