Cycle of Violence

Researchers and professionals in both animal welfare and human services fields have discovered a strong relationship between animal abuse and other forms of community violence, such as domestic violence, child maltreatment, and elder abuse. In a violent home, anyone could be a victim, and where animals are abused people are also at risk. This species-spanning correlation is called “The Link”.

No longer can animal abuse be dismissed as a one-time incident. Instead, it must be seen as an indicator or predictor crime and a “red flag” that other family members in the household may not be safe. Through our advocacy efforts, we aim to break the cycle of violence that often touches multiple family members and spans generations.

The Link Diagram

For more information and resources on The Link, visit the National Link Coalition at


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