The Link Between Animal Abuse and Human Violence

A correlation between animal abuse, family violence and other forms of community violence has been established. Child and animal protection professionals have recognized this link, noting that abuse of both children and animals is connected in a self-perpetuating cycle of violence. When animals in a home are abused or neglected, it is a warning sign that others in the household may not be safe. In addition, children who witness animal abuse are at a greater risk of becoming abusers themselves. Learn more.

Even if you aren’t an animal lover, you should still report animal cruelty. By reporting animal abuse, you may be preventing future violence toward people. You are also promoting respect for all living things, and this improves the quality of life for everyone in your community.

If you suspect animal cruelty or abuse, contact The Colorado Humane Society & SPCA at (800) 249-5121, or file an online report. If you live outside our service area, we will be happy to put you in touch with the agency handling your county.

The Link Between Human Violence and Animal Abuse