Abusers intimidating animals

Numerous cases of animal abuse go unreported because witnesses are unwilling to file a report.

Men who abuse the family pet have been reported to use more forms of domestic violence (sexual violence, marital rape, emotional violence, and stalking) and more controlling behaviors, and to be more dangerous, than non-pet-abusing batterers.

[2]In these battles of power and control, batterers take advantage of any opportunity to intimidate and coerce their victims, often using pets with whom the victim has a close emotional attachment.

Whereas a human can lodge a police report following a violent altercation, animals cannot simply walk into a local shelter and report the behavior of their owners.

Animal abuse goes unreported due in large part to confusion and fear on the behalf of those who witness the neglect or mistreatment of animals.

It consists of a complex range of controlling behaviors including physical, emotional, sexual and economic maltreatment, isolation, male privilege, blaming, intimidation, and threats.

A growing body of research indicates that a significant number of individuals who abuse their partners also abuse their pets as part of this repertoire of controlling behaviors.

As such, these organizations rely upon reports from the public.

Those who are uncomfortable filing a public report should consider filing an animal abuse report anonymously.

In fact, studies of both male and female college students indicate that female animal abusers may, in comparison to men, be more deviant than their nonviolent peers.

For example, both male and female animal abusers share criminal thinking patterns (Rules and laws are made for other people; I have my own way of doing things.

The Hoarder Run Amok However, there an abuser category that is predominantly female; the animal hoarder.

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