This chapter argues that there is a link between animal cruelty and physical abuse of humans and advocates for focusing on the link between the two behavioral patterns. I suggest that the law may capitalize upon this link to better address the violence by incorporating compassion into educational programs, enacting laws that properly indicate the seriousness of animal abuse, with stiff penalties, require cross-reporting of abuses among agencies, providing safe havens for all victims of family abuse, and more aggressively prosecuting and punishing abusers.
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GWU Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2013-106 ; GWU Law School Public Law Research Paper No. 2013-106
Joan E. Schaffner, Laws and Policy to Address the Link of Family Violence, in THE LINK BETWEEN ANIMAL ABUSE AND HUMAN VIOLENCE 228 (Andrew Linzey ed., 2009).