Studies show that there is a link between acts of cruelty to animals and violence toward humans, including child abuse, spousal battery and other types of violent behavior. Awareness of the importance of treating people who have abused animals is growing: 31 states and the District of Columbia currently recommend or mandate judges to require counseling for persons convicted of animal cruelty. We educate health, education and criminal justice professionals to recognize animal cruelty as a law enforcement issue and a possible indicator of other violent and antisocial behavior.
The Animals and Society Institute offers a number of resources for professionals in law enforcement, the helping professions, and others interested in reducing violence towards animals and people, and promoting the human-animal bond. Those resources include:
The National Link Coalition also has some great resources on the link: