Betty Barrett (Women's and Gender Studies)

Betty Jo Barrett

Dr. Betty Jo Barrett is an Associate Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Windsor. For over ten years, she has conducted research on intimate partner violence in both heterosexual and LGBTQ2A+ relationships, with a specific focus on survivors’ help-seeking and their interactions with sources of support in the aftermath of violence. She is currently conducting research on the intersection of animal abuse and woman abuse as well as exploring the experiences of bystanders to partner violence in LGBTQ2A+ communities. Prior to her position at the University of Windsor, she was a community social worker in the areas of child welfare and family violence, specializing in work with child and adolescent survivors of childhood sexual abuse.

To learn more about Betty, please visit her Google Scholar page.


Selected Works:

Fitzgerald, Amy; Barrett, Betty; Stevenson, Rochelle; Fritz, Patti. (2021). Domestic violence and animal abuse In John Devaney; Caroline Bradbury-Jones; Stephanie Holt; Rebecca Macy; and Caroline Øverlien, (Eds.) Routledge Handbook of Domestic Violence and Abuse, Routledge.

Fitzgerald, A., Barrett, B., Stevenson, R., & Cheung, C.H. (2019). Animal Maltreatment in the Context of Intimate Partner Violence: A Manifestation of Power and Control? Violence Against Women

Gray, A., Barrett, B., Fitzgerald, A., & Peirone, A. (2018). Fleeing with Fido: An analysis of what Canadian domestic violence shelters are communicating via their websites about leaving an abusive relationship when pets are involved. Journal of Family Violence.

Barrett, B., Fitzgerald, A., Peirone, A., Stevenson, R., & Cheung, C. (2018). Help-seeking among abused women with pets: Evidence from a Canadian sample. Violence and victims 33 (4), 604-626.

Stevenson, R., FItzgerald, A., Barrett, B. (2018). Keeping Pets Safe in the Context of Intimate Partner Violence: Insights From Domestic Violence Shelter Staff in Canada. Affilia 33 (2), 236-252.

Fitzgerald, A., Barrett, B., Stevenson, R., & Cheung, C. (2017). Animal maltreatment as a risk marker of more frequent and severe forms of intimate partner violence. Journal of interpersonal violence, 0886260517719542.