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Understanding the Link between Violence to Animals and People: A Guidebook for Criminal Justice Professionals

General Material
Published Date
January, 2014

The Link between violence to people and violence to animals is well documented by research, both nationallyand internationally. In its simplest form: violence to animals is a predictor that the abuser may becomeviolent to people, and vice versa. Abuse is abuse no matter what the form or whom the victim.

Crimes against people are tied to a myriad of crimes against animals and threespecific types of animal abuse that are linked to crimes against people are featured in this guidebook: sexualassaults against animals (bestiality), animal hoarding, and animal fighting.

This specialized area of knowledge has taken root in the medical, mental health and criminal justice communitiesover the past two decades; yet it is still misunderstood and unrecognized across many disciplines.