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.
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.