There is increasing research and clinical evidence that suggest that there are sometimes inter-relationships, commonly referred as ‘links’, between the (domestic) abuse of children, adults and animals. A better understanding of these links can help to protect victims, both human and animal, and promote their welfare.

If animal abuse is occurring, human abuse may also be present in the same family or community. This is a “one health/one welfare” issue. Programmes already exist in many countries to raise awareness amongst professionals to the link and some veterinary faculties are already teaching this link in their training.