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Studies showing causal connection between animal abuse and domestic violence

January 4, 2012

Protecting Domestic Violence Victims by Protecting Their Pets (article link)
In the past 20 years, a growing body of research has firmly established a significant link between domestic violence, child abuse, and animal abuse. 48% of battered women delay leaving a dangerous situation out of fear for what the abuser will do to the animals that remain in the home. In addition to many states adding pets to restraining orders, Safe Haven programs are increasing, allowing family members to bring their pets with them to shelters (or to provide an alternative care solution while they are in a shelter). This excellent article was published in Juvenile and Family Justice Today, Spring 2010.
A Common Bond: Maltreated Children and Animals in the Home (article link)
This collaboration by the Humane Society, American Humane Society, the ABA, and ACTION for Child Protection, discusses methods for child protective services and animal welfare groups to interact in cases where domestic abuse also threatens family pets. Extremely comprehensive; includes a chapter on how to adapt law and policy to include consideration of the Common Bond.

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