The study of violence indicates that there is an overlap in instances of domestic violence, child abuse/maltreatment, and animal abuse, a relationship referred to as the "the link." The purpose of this grant is to secure funding for Humane Link Los Angeles that will educate child, social, animal welfare, and law enforcement agencies about this relationship. In addition, the program will enhance collaboration among these agencies and result in the development of a coalition. The primary goal of these efforts is to prevent violence and break the cycle of abuse within families.
The organizations that serve victims of interpersonal violence continue to treat human victims without regard for the treatment of their pets. It is important that professionals observe the treatment of the family pet, because in doing so they may notice other indicators of dysfunction, neglect, and violence within the family. In contrast, animal welfare professionals routinely call upon law enforcement and social welfare agencies to tend to abusive or mistreated human victims, further demonstrating the interconnectedness between animal cruelty and interpersonal violence.
The proposed project will be overseen by the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Los Angeles. Humane Link Los Angeles will be funded for 3 years, at a cost of $300,000.
|Advisor:||Potts, Marilyn K.|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 47/05M, Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Social work, Public policy|
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