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Child Abuse, Domestic Violence, and Animal Abuse: Linking the Circles of Compassion for Prevention and Intervention

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Frank R. Ascione, Phil Arkow
Date Published
482 pages
This interdisciplinary sourcebook of original essays examine the relationships between animal maltreatment and human interpersonal violence, expands the scope of research in this growing area, and provides practical assessment and documentation strategies.
The book is based on three axioms: (1) Animals, particularly companion animals but to a lesser extent farm animals, are important members of the family; (2) Cowardly acts of aggression against vulnerable members of the family are matters of power and control; and (3) Acts of aggression any against any member of the family endanger all in the household and put others in the community at risk as well. Beginning chapters in the sourcebook cover animal cruelty and social violence, the protection of children and animals from abuse, the evolution of animal welfare as a human welfare concern, the abuse of animals and human interpersonal violence, and the prevention of animal abuse and family violence. Subsequent chapters deal with child abuse and domestic violence in the context of animal abuse, legislative and legal contexts of cruelty and violence, and violence prevention strategies. References, tables, and figures