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Victims of Abuse: Making the Connection

  • Aysha Akhtar
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Part of the The Palgrave Macmillan Animal Ethics Series book series (PMAES)

Abstract

In Agnes Grey, a fictional autobiography of a governess, published in 1847, Anne Brontë examined the connection between the oppression of and cruelty against women and animals in Victorian society1 The connection between the abuse of animals and of vulnerable humans is not just the stuff of fiction, though. Sociologists have long recognized a link between the abuse of animals and the abuse of humans, particularly women and children, and that both reflect a larger social struggle between social power and inequality2 Additionally, almost all abusers select victims who are smaller and physically weaker than themselves.3 Recognition of this connection has led to historical precedents, which fostered the development of some of our most powerful laws that help protect against violence toward women, children and animals. One of the more interesting precedents involved the use of an animal protection organization to help a child.

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Sexual Abuse Domestic Violence Child Abuse Family Violence Battered Woman 
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  • Aysha Akhtar
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  1. 1.Oxford Centre for Animal EthicsUK
  2. 2.US Food and Drug AdministrationNorth PotomacUSA

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