Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name



Social Work


Sociology, Criminology and Penology.


Basok, T.




Recent studies have found high rates of coexistence between animal abuse and other forms of family violence. This study explores the resultant questions of how and why animal abuse and other forms of family violence frequently coexist. In an effort to address these questions, information was gathered through in-depth, semi-standardized interviews with abused women who had at least one pet while they were with their abusive partner. In particular, this study focuses on the women's experiences and interpretations of how and why these forms of abuse coexist, and the degree to which the animal abuse perpetrated by their partners was instrumental or expressive. It is demonstrated that animal abuse was predominantly instrumentalized by the participants' abusive partners to gain power and control over them and their children, and it was additionally perpetrated out of jealousy in cases where the pet posed a threat to the attention and devotion the abuser received from his partner. Recommendations are made in light of the research findings, and further research in this area, and human-animal relations in general, is urged.Dept. of Sociology and Anthropology. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis2001 .F53. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 40-06, page: 1430. Adviser: Tanya Basok. Thesis (M.A.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 2001.