Companion Animals and Domestic Violence

Rescuing Me, Rescuing You

  • Nik Taylor
  • Heather Fraser

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Animals and Social Problems book series (PSASP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Nik Taylor, Heather Fraser
    Pages 1-25
  3. Nik Taylor, Heather Fraser
    Pages 57-89
  4. Nik Taylor, Heather Fraser
    Pages 153-184
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 219-222

About this book


In this book, Nik Taylor and Heather Fraser consider how we might better understand human-animal companionship in the context of domestic violence. The authors advocate an intersectional feminist understanding, drawing on a variety of data from numerous projects they have conducted with people, about their companion animals and links between domestic violence and animal abuse, arguing for a new understanding that enables animals to be constituted as victims of domestic violence in their own right. The chapters analyse the mutual, loving connections that can be formed across species, and in households where there is domestic violence. Companion Animals and Domestic Violence also speaks to the potentially soothing, healing and recovery oriented aspects of human-companion animal relationships before, during and after the violence, and will be of interest to  various academic disciplines including social work, anthropology, sociology, philosophy, geography, as well as to professionals working in domestic violence or animal welfare service provision. 


Human-companion animal relationships Healing Recovery Human-animal studies Animal abuse

Authors and affiliations

  • Nik Taylor
    • 1
  • Heather Fraser
    • 2
  1. 1.University of CanterburyChristchurchNew Zealand
  2. 2.School of Public Health and Social WorkQueensland University of TechnologyKelvin GroveAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-04124-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-04125-0
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