Exploring pet loss for survivors of child sexual abuse: A hitherto unchartered terrain of trauma impact and recovery

Document Type

Journal Article


John Wiley & Sons Ltd.


Faculty of Health, Engineering and Science


Social Justice Research Centre


This is the accepted version of the following article: Taylor, S. C., & Breen, L. J. (2013). Exploring Pet Loss for Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse: A Hitherto Unchartered Terrain of Trauma Impact and Recovery. Child Abuse Review, Early View (Online Version of Record published before inclusion in an issue). Which has been published in final form at here


Key Practitioner Messages: The effect of pet loss for survivors of child sexual abuse is under-explored.Perpetrators may threaten pets to silence their victims.The loss of a companion animal may affect the healing process of child sexual abuse survivors.There is a need for more research to inform interventions to assist the recovery of survivors and education to enhance mental health professionals' understanding of the ongoing effects of pet loss in relation to recovery.