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Domestic Abuse and Animal Abuse - do these two go together?

Domestic Violence

Government data scholarly studies of the prevalence of animal cruelty in domestic violence cases reveals a staggering number of animals are victimized by abusive partners each year.

The HSUS estimates that nearly 1 million animals a year are abused or killed in connection with domestic violence.

Statistics:
About 2,168,000 women and men are physically assaulted by an intimate partner in the U.S. every year (U.S. Department of Justice, 2000).
63% of U.S. households own a pet (APPMA, 2006).
71% of domestic violence victims report that their abuser also targeted their animal (Ascione, 1997).
In 2007, 7% of media-reported animal cruelty cases either occured in the context of a domestic dispute or involved a person with a history of domestic violence.

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