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My Research


My thesis is provisionally titled “Exploring child-animal relationships and identifying risk indicators for the co-occurrence of child and animal maltreatment in violent homes”. This reflects my interest in exploring how an abusive home environment can affect children’s development and their relationships with, and attitudes towards, animals.


The main aim of my research is to identify correlations between different types of maltreatment that exist within the home, focusing on domestic abuse, child abuse and animal abuse. Numerous studies suggest that there is a link between the abuse of humans and the abuse of nonhuman animals - see for example the working bibliography maintained by animaltherapy.net. However, whilst other countries have already sought to make use of this relationship between different types of abuse to identify potential vulnerable families, the government of the United Kingdom have not.

Co-occurrence

 

By using a mixed-methods approach, I aim to demonstrate the significance of child-animal relationships in children’s lives and provide clear evidence of the possibility of the co-occurrence of violence in the home. I am hopeful that my thesis will allow me to identify correlations between different types of abuse within the home which can then be used to argue for earlier intervention, increased interagency cooperation and greater protection for vulnerable adults, children and animals. I believe that this is an important area of research which could have significant implications for both policy and practice in the fields of domestic abuse, child protection and animal welfare.

Supervisors:

Prof. Nickie Charles

Dept. of Sociology Prof N Charles Ramphal Building University of Warwick
Coventry
CV4 7AL

Telephone: 02476 528428

Email: Nickie dot Charles at warwick dot ac dot uk


Dr. Richard Lampard

Dr. Richard Lampard

Dept. of Sociology Ramphal Building University of Warwick
Coventry
CV4 7AL


Telephone: 02476 523130

Email: Richard dot Lampard at warwick dot ac dot uk