As this is a subject that is rarely discussed, this chapter is mainly concerned with giving an overview of: (1) what we know about the nature and prevalence of the sexual abuse of animals; (2) the evidence of the relationships between animal abuse and sex offending; and (3) the theoretical explanations that have been given for this behaviour. It will also briefly discuss the implications of this knowledge for policy and practice. The chapter will start by defining the key terms used in this field.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSex Offenders: Punish, Help, Change or Control?
Subtitle of host publicationTheory, Policy and Practice Explored
EditorsJo Brayford, Francis Cowe, John Deering
Place of PublicationLondon
ISBN (Electronic)9781136292200 , 9780203114735
ISBN (Print)9780415533720 , 9780415676984
Publication statusPublished - 19 Jun 2012

Publication series

NameRoutledge Frontiers of Criminal Justice

    Research areas

  • animal abuse, animal sexual abuse, animal sexual assault, bestiality, zoophilia, adult perpetrators , child and adolescent perpetraors

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