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This paper investigates the relationship between domestic violence and animal cruelty by exploring the relationship between the two problems and by examining research that supports this thesis.
From the Paper:"Until recently there has been a lack of attention toward animal abuse and very little study made into the relationship between domestic violence and pet cruelty. Indeed it has been discovered, the bond between women and their companion animals makes it possible for batterers to coerce, intimidate, and control women by abusing their pets. The batterer finds great pleasure in knowing they have hurt the victim through hurting something they love. Elizabeth Strand writes, "the link between animal abuse and woman battering completes the circle of abuse, more commonly called the tangled web of abuse, which must be addressed by social workers in order to intervene effectively and prevent family violence" (par. 6). This link between the two behaviors is commonly referred to as "Link(R)" (American Humane, par. 1) by Animal Rescue professionals like the Humane Society. This emergence of animal cruelty has set into action changes in state law. Due to the number of cases recently with evidence so overwhelming, 41 states and the District of Columbia currently have felony-level convictions for serious acts of animal abuse."
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Animal Cruelty (2005, June 20) Retrieved December 06, 2013, from http://www.academon.com/essay/animal-cruelty-59510/
"Animal Cruelty" 20 June 2005. Web. 06 December. 2013. <http://www.academon.com/essay/animal-cruelty-59510/>