Recent studies and data that has been collected indicate that there is a link between animal abuse, child abuse and intimate partner violence. Advocacy and Resource Center in Sheridan Executive Director Bonnie Young says that research has shown that there is a direct correlation.
Young said that abused children are three times more likely than non-abused children to have had their pets die, and twice as likely for those deaths to have been intentional. Young also stated that since abused children are more likely to form a special bond with their pet, the abuser in the home will threaten the pet's welfare to control their child or to maintain silence if there is sexual abuse going on.
The National District Attorney's Association shows that 71 to 83% of women entering domestic violence shelters reported that their partners also abused or killed the family pet.