Hidden Violence in the Home: Siblings, Parents, Animals
This chapter examines abuse most often ignored in the discourse on family violence — sibling, parent, and animal abuse. These forms of violence often exist within the context of other forms of maltreatment. Forms of sibling abuse are reviewed including emotional, physical, and sexual abuse; fratricide, and sororicide. The chapter also examines the issues that are related to its occurrence such as issues of power and control, lack of supervision and non-intervention, family dysfunction, and social conditions. Research related to the consequences of sibling abuse is discussed. The abuse of parents is also examined including the issue of parricide. The chapter establishes the link between animal abuse and other forms of family violence and explores the different forms of animal abuse including physical and sexual abuse, neglect, and peticide. Signs of animal abuse are explored as is the future of prevention and intervention of this type of family violence.
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