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Animals and Abuse Linked
Maine Uses Utah State Study
Linking Animal and Domestic Violence
A Utah State University professor's research about the connection
between cruelty toward animals and domestic violence has influenced
lawmakers in Maine to adopt a new law -- the first of its kind in the
nation -- that expands the scope of protective orders to include pets.
Frank Ascione, USU professor of psychology, has conducted extensive
research on the link between mistreating animals and mistreating
women. One of his studies published in 1998 showed that 71 percent of
women in a Utah shelter for battered women said their partner had
threatened or hurt the woman's pet.
That study was cited by Maine Rep. John Piotti, a Democrat, who
sponsored a bill that became law on Monday that permits judges to
include pets in protective orders for people leaving abusive
A subsequent study by Ascione and some of his colleagues, due to be
published soon, involved five Utah shelters and 101 women who reported
being battered, along with a control group of 120 women who said they
had not been battered.
In that study, 54 percent of the women who had been battered said
their partner hurt or killed the animal, while 18 percent of the women
reported the abusive partner had threatened the pet. These findings
have been supported by other studies conducted since then in South
Carolina, New York, Canada and Australia.
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