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Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles, since 1877

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Facts about the “Link” and the Cycle of Violence

According to Phil Arkow and Frank Ascione, “The Link” and the cycle of violence is an adult who abuses a child or animal as a result of witnessing abuse or being a victim of child abuse themselves. This same adult will pass these violent traits and patterns onto their child where the cycle will begin again.

ven diagram between child abuse and neglect, domestic violence, and animal abuse

Figure by Phil Arkow and Frank Ascione, 1999

Domestic violence, child abuse and animal abuse are closely attached to one another and the cycle will continue until someone steps in to stop it. Below are statistics that show the high correlation between adult, child and animal abuse.


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Many infamous serial killers started out abusing animals
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You can find out more about “The Link” from other resources. Learn more