The link between child abuse, animal cruelty, and other crimes of violence against humans has now been well established. Child and animal protection professionals have recognized that abuse of both animals and children is linked within a self-perpetuating cycle. Statistics nationwide indicate that this Link is a problem of national concern, and breaking this cycle of violence has become a top priority for thousands of communities nationwide.
For more than a decade, American Humane has worked to educate both the general public and professionals about the Link between violence to people and animals through anti-violence campaigns, the facilitation of trainings and workshops across the nation and overseas, and the development of the first National Resource Center on the Link Between Violence to People and Animals. American Humane also continues to research this issue to develop useful and informative materials and publications for professionals and communities to help them better address issues related to the violence Link.