In a Violent Family Everyone
Could Be a Victim
Including your family pet
Animal abuse is not just
a crime and may be one of the warning signs of a violent home. Abusers
frequently use pets to manipulate women’s emotions--much the same
way they use the children.
is always serious. Women are made to watch as pets are beaten,
shot, strangled, drowned, or frozen to the point of death outside. Children
are also affected by this violence once they witness the violent
behavior, and thereafter as they live with what has happened to their pets.
There is a recognized
connection between animal cruelty and domestic violence.
National surveys conducted by various universities and the
Humane Society of the United States within the past five years found,
among other things, “74% of pet–owning women (in women’s
shelters) reported that a pet had been threatened, injured, or
killed” by their abuser. Not only is injury to pets a form of
battering behavior, it may also signal battering
behavior is becoming more violent.
Take children seriously
if they talk about abused animals. They may not talk about
their abuse but will talk about their pets. Be aware of
neighbor's and friend's treatment of pets. If you notice
this behavior, please report it to the police or your local
Visit the Humane Society Website for more
The Connection Between Animal Cruelty and Human Violence