Help Communities Address Abuse That Spans Animal, Human Victims
The ASPCA and the National Link Coalition have joined forces to address the connections between violence against humans and violence against animals.
Dr. Randall Lockwood, senior vice president of ASPCA Forensic Sciences and Anti-Cruelty Projects, helped create this free 34-page, illustrated manual to help communities form coalitions that connect officials in child welfare, animal welfare, domestic violence response and adult protective services. The goal is to identify and respond to incidents of animal abuse and interpersonal violence.
"By helping communities form coalitions, we are creating a more effective approach in breaking the cycles of violence and protecting vulnerable members of our society.”
"Animal abuse doesn't happen in isolation," says Lockwood. "Research has revealed that where the family pet is being abused, it is likely that a family member is also a victim of abuse. By helping communities form coalitions, we are creating a more effective approach in breaking the cycles of violence and protecting vulnerable members of our society.”
"By taking a multidisciplinary approach and getting agencies that work with children, animals, domestic violence and elder abuse to coordinate their efforts, communities will see greater response and more lives will be saved,” says Phil Arkow, coordinator for the National Link Coalition.