Ample research backs up the finding that there is a direct link between acts of cruelty to animals and violence toward humans. This includes child abuse, domestic violence, elder abuse, and other violent behavior.
A 2017 study showed that 89% of women who had companion animals during an abusive relationship reported that their animals were threatened, harmed, or killed by their abusive partner.
This finding is in line with other research showing that domestic violence toward pets both correlates with domestic violence toward humans and is also a tool of domestic abuse – violent members of the household will threaten to hurt or actually hurt a companion animal as a method of control and a form of emotional violence.
If you are afraid to leave an abusive relationship because of concern for your pets, visit www.safeplaceforpets.org or call 1-800-799-SAFE.”