The Links In-and-Between Human-Animal Abuses: Love, Loyalty, and Pain

  • Nik TaylorEmail author
  • Heather Fraser
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Animals and Social Problems book series (PSASP)


In this chapter we outline the scale of domestic violence including the relatively little that is known about animals’ experiences of it. We acknowledge the complexity of domestic violence, before considering the links between love, loyalty, and abuse. We note that they often coexist for all those—human and animal—experiencing domestic violence. Following this we outline our conceptual and theoretical approaches to studying domestic violence done to humans and other animals, which is a feminist intersectional understanding that recognises this complexity. We then advance our central argument. Simply put it is that we need to collectively change the current humancentric framing of domestic violence, to include (other) animals.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of CanterburyChristchurchNew Zealand
  2. 2.School of Public Health and Social WorkQueensland University of TechnologyKelvin GroveAustralia

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