Preliminary Results of the DOMPET Study for Shelters in Spain and LatinAmerica
Research Areas: Domestic / Intimate Violence, Victimization, Families
Querol, N., Cuquerella, A., Ascione, F., Tedeschi P., Pinizzotto A., Pujol, S., Carrasco D., Rubira, S., Moratalla, PJ., Puccia, A. “Preliminary Results of the DOMPET Study for Shelters in Spain and LatinAmerica”, American Society of Criminology Meeting, November 2013, Atlanta.
|Animal abuse, cruelty and neglect are often considered isolated incidents wholly separated from other forms of family violence. Today, professionals involved with victims of family violence are not surprised when they learn that often these acts are linked. We asked shelters what percentage of animals have been abused or mistreated (with the exception of abandonment): 38.0% of the shelters reported that between 25-50% of their animals have suffered violence. About 77.5% have acknowledged a link between family violence and animal abuse; although 75.0% do not have an agreement with women shelters yet. Only 6.9% of the shelters do, and the rest are working in establishing a common protocol. In 61.0% of the shelters, women are allowed to visit the animals in case she had to leave the companion animal temporarily. 67.2% of the shelters report to law-enforcement agencies if they identify a case of animal abuse. When asked if they believed animal-assisted therapies may be beneficial for victims of domestic violence, 95.4% agree. Our results are consistent with the findings from previous studies the ways that animal abuse, domestic violence, child maltreatment, and elder abuse are often interrelated.