Child Abuse, Domestic Violence, and Animal Abuse: Linking the Circles of Compassion for Prevention and Intervention / Edition 1

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Evidence is mounting that animal abuse, frequently embedded in families scarred by domestic violence and child abuse and neglect, often predicts the potential for other violent acts. As early intervention is critical in the prevention and reduction of aggression, this boo encourages researchers and professionals to recognize animal abuse as significant problem and a human public-health issue that should be included as a curriculum topic in training. The book is an interdisciplinary sourcebook of original essays that examines the relations between animal maltreatment and human interpersonal violence, expands the scope of research in this growing area, and provides practical assessment and documentation strategies to help professionals confronting violence do their jobs better by attending to these connections. This book brings together, for the first time, all of the leaders in this emerging field. They examine contemporary research and programmatic issues, encourage cross-disciplinary interactions, and describe innovative programs in the field today. The book also includes vivid first-person accounts from "survivors" whose experiences included animal maltreatment among other forms of family violence.
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Editorial Reviews

Furthers the Latham Foundation's efforts to promote respect for life by highlighting the common cruelty underlying the three forms of violence. Contributors from around the world offer 45 perspectives, including some personal stories, on the history and development of the movement against abuse, connections between the three forms of violence, legislative and legal contexts, and examples of ameliorative endeavors. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781557531438
  • Publisher: Purdue University Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/1999
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 380
  • Sales rank: 1,483,594
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Frank Ascione is a professor of psychology and adjunct professor of family, consumer, and human development at Utah State University. Ascione received the 2001 Distinguished Scholar Award from the International Association of Human┬ľAnimal Interaction and the International Society for Anthrozoology, and in 2002 was selected as USU's College of Education Scholar/Researcher of the Year. Ascione serves on the Child and Animal Abuse Prevention Advisory Council of the Latham Foundation. During his career, he has published several books including, Cruelty to Animals and Interpersonal Violence: Readings in Research and Application (1998), Child Abuse, Domestic Violence, and Animal Abuse: Linking the Circles of Compassion for Prevention and Intervention (1998), both by Purdue University Press, and authored Safe Havens for Pets: Guidelines for Programs Sheltering Pets for Women Who Are Battered.
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Table of Contents

Foreword xiii
Preface xv
Animal Cruelty and Societal Violence: A Brief Look Back from the Front 3
Protecting Children and Animals from Abuse: A Trans-Species Concept of Caring 9
The Evolution of Animal Welfare as a Human Welfare Concern 19
Working Out the Beast: An Alternative History of Western Humaneness 38
The Abuse of Animals and Human Interpersonal Violence: Making the Connection 50
Another Weapon for Combating Family Violence: Prevention of Animal Abuse 62
Connections--Child Abuse
Abuse of Children and Abuse of Animals: Using the Links to Inform Child Assessment and Protection 83
Taking Animal Abuse Seriously: A Human Services Perspective 101
The Link's Direct Connection to Child Protective Services 109
"I'll Only Help You If You Have Two Legs," or, Why Human Service Professionals Should Pay Attention to Cases Involving Cruelty to Animals 120
First-Person Account: Cruelty to Animals, Cruelty to Children 137
Connections--Domestic Violence
Animal Abuse and the Victims of Domestic Violence 143
Resistance to The Link at a Domestic Violence Shelter 159
Animal Abuse and Family Violence 168
First-Person Account: Life and Death inside the Cycles of Violence 176
First-Person Account: A Survivor Remembers 189
First-Person Account: Out of the Ashes ... A Program of Hope 190
Connections--Animal Abuse
The Battered Pet: Signs and Symptoms 199
Why The Link Is Important to Animal Care, Animal Control, and Veterinary Personnel 209
Should Veterinarians Tell? 221
Animal Abuse and Family Violence in a Rural Environment 228
The Veterinarian's Role in Recognizing and Reporting Abuse 241
A Survey of Veterinarians and a Proposal for Intervention 250
Initiating an Animal Abuse Reporting Policy at a Veterinary Teaching Hospital 257
The Relevance of Cultural Competence to the Link between Violence to Animals and People 260
Legislative and Legal Contexts
The Prosecutor's Role in Preventing Family Violence 273
The Legislator's Perspective on Preventing Family Violence 288
Zero Tolerance for Cruelty: An Approach to Enhancing Enforcement of State Anticruelty Laws 297
Treating Serious Animal Abuse as a Serious Crime 306
Animal Abuse and Law Enforcement 316
Cruelty and Abuse to Animals: A Typology 328
A Congressional View of the Cycle of Violence 335
Statewide Commission Created for Cross-Reporting Legislation 338
The Challenge of Trying to Promote Kindness to Animals in a Violent Society 343
How to Build a Successful Community Coalition 351
Starting and Sustaining Effective Community Coalitions 361
Green Chimneys: We Give Troubled Children the Gift of Giving 367
The Role of Animals in the Emotional and Moral Development of Children 380
Forget Me Not Farm: Teaching Gentleness with Gardens and Animals to Children from Violent Homes and Communities 393
People and Animals Learning: The PAL Program 410
Kids and Critters: An Intervention to Violence 424
Animal-Assisted Therapy for Sexually Abused Adolescent Females: The Program at Crossroads 433
Making Respect Part of the Curriculum 443
How to Heal the Sickness? Cherish Women, Children, and Animals 453
Recommendations 463
Contributors 467
Index 475
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