LGVN Special Report - Domestic Violence
Link Found between Animal Abuse, Child Abuse and Domestic Violence.
report on the "The Link".
are showing that links between animal abuse and domestic violence
exist. And pets are found to be one of the common denominators in
mounting that animal abuse is frequently embedded in families scarred
by domestic violence and child maltreatment, and often predicts
the potential for other violent acts, according to a book sponsored
by the Latham Foundation.
- A 1983 study
(USA) found that 60% of pet owning families meeting the criteria
for child abuse and neglect also had abused or neglected pets.
a British study by the RSPCA found that 83% of families with a
history of animal abuse had been identified by social services
as at-risk for child abuse or neglect.
- A 1996 study
of women in shelters in Utah, USA found that 71% of pet owning
women entering a shelter reported their partner had threatened,
maltreated or killed an animal.
- A 1997 study
by the Massachusetts SPCA found that 70% of animal abusers had
committed at least one other criminal offence and almost 40% had
committed violent crimes against people.
The book, "Child
Abuse, Domestic Violence, and Animal Abuse: Linking the Circles
of Compassion for Prevention and Intervention" edited by Humane
Society official Phil Arkow and Frank Ascione PhD professor of psychology
at Utah State University, is a compilation of 45 original essays
by 51 noted authorities who argue that violence prevention programs
can be enhanced by including animal protection personnel and therefore
recognize animal maltreatment as a human welfare issue.
In America and
Canada "The Link" is already a landmark reference for
researchers and field workers. But in the UK little is yet known
about the compelling evidence linking such areas of human / animal
"The link" to both animal and humanitarian organizations
in the United Kingdom, Phil Arkow, along with other notable speakers
presented a one day conference in London in late 2001.
Holly Cook of Intervet UK, organizers the UK conference said: "There
has been plenty of response and motivation based on the "The
Link" in America and Canada - everything from TV commercials
to posters and journal articles, we hope the London conference begins
to raise a similar level of awareness here in the UK". "We
had very good attendance on the day and I was pleased about the
wide variety of people attending - no single interest group or organization
seemed to be over-represented."
from Baltimore Police Department campaign poster.
Domestic Violence, and Animal Abuse: Linking the Circles of Compassion
for Prevention and Intervention" is also the editors book choice
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