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Animals as disregarded pawns in family violence : exclusionary practices of feminist based refuge policies

Brennan, Sharon L. 2007, Animals as disregarded pawns in family violence : exclusionary practices of feminist based refuge policies, Electronic journal of sociology, no. 1, pp. 1-9.

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Title Animals as disregarded pawns in family violence : exclusionary practices of feminist based refuge policies
Author(s) Brennan, Sharon L.
Journal name Electronic journal of sociology
Issue number 1
Start page 1
End page 9
Total pages 9
Publisher International Consortium for Alternative Academic Publication
Place of publication [Athabasca, Alberta]
Publication date 2007-06
ISSN 1198-3655
Summary Commonly agreed upon is the relationship between family violenceand violence toward nonhuman animals. Workers in the field of family violence also acknowledge that women may delay leaving a violent home due to loyalty to their nonhuman counterparts, and because refuge policies often do not allow them to accompany humans into safe shelter. The recent work of Clifton Flynn has indicated the relationship between nonhuman animals and human animals to be one of responsive interaction, with theoretical analyses most often based upon Goffman’s theory of symbolic interaction. Despite literature indicating the level of harm inflicted upon nonhuman family members in violent homes, and requests from women and children that they accompany them to safe shelter, refuge policies often negate the possibility of this occurring. This article critiques the feminist ideals on which refuge policies are based, and in doing so, argues that justice is denied to nonhuman animals. Their existence in the violent home is maintained by lack of choices available to their human counterpart, and is enforced by feminist ideals, which are ironically based upon equity. Unless feminist principles are challenged, nonhuman family members will continue to be denied justice in violent families where escape is the only option to ensure safety.
Language eng
Field of Research 119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C3.1 Non-refereed articles in a professional journal
Copyright notice ©2007, Electronic Journal of Sociology
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30048578

Document type: Journal Article
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