People of Diverse Genders and/or Sexualities Caring For and Protecting Animal Companions in the Context of Domestic Violence

Nik Taylor, Damien W. Riggs, Catherine Donovan, Tania Signal, Heather Fraser

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Abstract

This article reports on a thematic analysis of open-ended questions about how humans respond to violence directed toward animals in the context of violent human relationships, derived from an Australian–U.K. survey of people of diverse genders and/or sexualities. From the 137 responses, three major themes were identified: (a) animals are an important source of support, (b) humans actively protect animal companions, and (c) witnessing animal abuse can trigger leaving violent relationships. The findings offer unique insights for practitioners into the help-seeking needs of people of diverse genders and/or sexualities who live with animal companions in the context of domestic violence.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1096-1115
Number of pages20
JournalViolence Against Women
Volume25
Issue number9
Early online date13 Nov 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2019

Keywords

  • animal companions
  • bisexual
  • gay
  • gender and sexuality diversity
  • lesbian
  • queer family violence
  • transgender

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