The National Link Coalition is a collaborative initiative to increase awareness and address public policy, programs, and research. They aim to stop the cycle of violence that often affects multiple family members by focusing on the link between violence done to humans and violence done to animals. Over the past 30 years, researchers and professionals in a variety of human services and animal welfare disciplines have established significant correlations between animal abuse, child abuse and neglect, domestic violence, elder abuse, and other forms of violence. Mistreating animals is no longer seen as an isolated incident, it is now considered an indicator or predictor crime and a “red flag” warning sign that other family members in the household may not be safe.
In their September newsletter, animal abuse’s links with other crimes in Chicago is explored as well as other topics, such as recurring childhood animal cruelty linked to adult interpersonal violence. Explore the newsletter here: http://nationallinkcoalition.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/LinkLetter-2017-September.pdf