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Researchers claim link between animal abuse and domestic violence

The reasons behind why a person becomes an abusive partner remain largely undetermined. However, research has demonstrated a link between those who abuse animals and those who go on to commit acts of domestic violence. Many California families have been permanently affected by this serious problem.

Over the past two decades, researchers have made progress in establishing a definitive link between animal and human violence. During this time, those who work in this field have confirmed certain facts that show the correlation between these two violent behaviors. Some of those facts include the statistic that between 49 and 71 percent of domestic abuse victims have reported that their pets have been abused or threatened with violence by their abusive partner. Nationwide, advocates report that an estimated 85 percent of those who seek shelter from abuse indicated that pets had also been abused.

Surveys show women in shelters are more than 11 times more likely to report pet abuse than women who had not been victims of intimate partner violence. In addition, women who reported abuse of pets were also subjected to more severe forms of abuse and controlling behaviors. Furthermore, victims who are abused are more likely to remain in the home in an effort to ensure their pets' safety.

Lastly, individuals who have committed abusive acts toward pets are much more likely to engage in domestic violence, as this is one of the top four predictive indicators of future intimate partner violence. One of the main goals of researchers is to gain further understanding of these abusive tendencies in order to prevent these situations from occurring. Those who have endured this type of abuse often need assistance in protecting themselves and their loved ones. California residents can seek help from a knowledgeable attorney who can provide information on the legal methods available to provide their loved ones with a safe and secure future.

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