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asocStudies show that there is a link between acts of cruelty to animals and violence toward humans, including child abuse, spousal battery and other types of violent behavior. Awareness of the importance of treating people who have abused animals is growing: 31 states and the District of Columbia currently recommend or mandate judges to require counseling for persons convicted of animal cruelty. – See more at: http://www.animalsandsociety.org/main/#sthash.Q42k8oGG.dpuf
The Australasian Animal Studies Association (AASA) was formed in 2005 by a group working in the emergent field of Animal Studies (alternatively Human Animal Studies).  As an International body, AASA brings together writers, thinkers and researchers from across Australia, New Zealand and the Asia Pacific region to foster collaborations, organise events for the dissemination of current research and projects, and to provide information regarding research fellowships, awards, grants and scholarships for Animal studies scholars and students.
 
From infancy through old age, many people’s lives are enriched by the love of a pet. In addition, both volunteer and trained service animals are an increasingly common sight as they participate in hospital, school, and nursing home visitation and therapeutic programs. Yet, there has been little scientific research on the role that pets and therapeutic animals play in our health and development. While animal-assisted therapies appear promising, they often lack solid evidence of effectiveness. More research is therefore needed to understand the effects of human–animal interaction (HAI) and to optimize the value of this interaction.
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A UK study found perpetrators of violence usually harm those physically weaker than themselves and as a result ‘abuse of animals occurs frequently in conjunction with human abuse’. Photograph: PR

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

$100,000 earmarked for pet protection programs after studies show victims may delay leaving an abusive relationship out of fear of what will happen to their pets.

The pets of women and children fleeing family violence will be offered protection as part of a program funded by the Victorian government.

Numerous reviews have shown that perpetrators of family violence use threats and harm to pets as a way of maintaining control of their victims, and that victims may delay leaving an abusive relationship out of fear of what will happen to their pets.

Over the next four years, $100,000 will be given to the family violence response service, Safe Steps, to build relationships with animal welfare agencies such as the RCPCA and family violence services, the state government announced on Sunday.

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