A Common Bond

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Maltreated Children and Animals in the Home -- Guidelines for Practice and Policy

 The American Humane Association is pleased to announce the publication of A Common Bond: Maltreated Children and Animals in the Home -- Guidelines for Practice and Policy. We are distributing this publication nationwide, as a public service, to professionals working in the fields of child protective services and animal welfare, with the intent of further helping to protect the vulnerable members of society and create safer communities for everyone.

A Common Bond is intended to serve as a resource for court personnel, child welfare professionals and animal protection officers by providing a framework within which individuals and agencies can work together to protect both children and animals. The principle that guides the recommendations offered in A Common Bond is: Animal abuse is a type of interpersonal violence; it often co-occurs with child abuse and other forms of family violence. Identifying and treating animal abuse is an important tool in protecting children from abuse and neglect, while at the same time promoting the safety and well-being of both the children and their pets.

American Humane Association first publicly recognized The Link® between violence to people and violence to animals in 1894. Over the years, our organization has continued to examine this subject and inform legislators, social workers, animal welfare professionals and others about that important connection -- in an effort to help break the cycle of violence. Publishing and distributing A Common Bond is the latest in our continuing efforts to achieve our vision of a nation where no child or animal will ever be a victim of abuse or neglect.

A Common Bond is published by the American Humane Association in cooperation with The Humane Society of the United States, the American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law, and ACTION for Child Protection. It was authored by Mary Lou Randour of The Humane Society of the United States and Howard Davidson of the American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law.

For a free PDF of the booklet, click here.

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