The BC SPCA has comprehensive information about the Violence Link - the connection between cruelty to animals, and family violence.
The link between animal abuse and family violence, what you should know.
What are some signs that animal abuse indicates family violence? Determing factors of potential for violent crimes.
Prevention, intervention and cross-reporting are just three of the steps that we, as a society, can take to prevent violence.
It is often thought that when children are cruel to animals it is an exploratory stage of development. This may be partly true but the intensity and motivation for their actions must be considered.
Why do people abuse animals? Researchers, Kellert and Felthous have identified some motivators for cruelty towards animals.
For more information about the link between animal abuse and violence, see our list of other resources that are available.