The Link Between DV and AC - Animal Law Source

The Link Between DV and AC

The Link Between DV and AC


Why do abusers harm pets

  • Abuse is a way to establish and maintain control over a problem
  • Person committing crime is powerless, unnoticed, or under control of others
  • Motives are to shock, threaten, intimidate, or offend others, a demonstration to reject society’s rules
  • Person is imitating acts performed by others
  • Drug and/or alcohol abuse, mental health disorder


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  • Multi-disciplinary, collaborative initiative to increase awareness and address public policy, programs and research
  • Connection between child maltreatment, animal abuse, elder abuse, domestic violence, and other forms of violence
  • Mistreating animals is often and indicator/predictor of an unsafe household