Workshop explores the connection between domestic violence and animal abuse

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Animal cruelty and domestic violence often go hand in hand. A workshop on Monday in Menands is exploring that link.

Research shows that those who hurt animals, often don’t stop with animals and may move on to violence towards humans. Monday’s workshop at the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society will explore the link between domestic violence and pet abuse in an effort to prevent future tragedies.

The workshop is being held by Albany County Executive Dan McCoy, who, in a press release about the event points to startling statistics as backing up the need for the workshop. Nearly 50% of domestic violence victims say their pet has been threatened, harmed, or killed by their abusive partner. Many women also report delaying leaving a dangerous situation out of concern for their pets’ safety, continuing a cycle of violence.

Ample research backs up the finding of a direct link between acts of cruelty to animals and child abuse, domestic violence, and other violent behavior. Animal abuse, when detected, can be a clear warning sign that others may be in harm’s way.

The workshop runs Monday from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society and is open to the public. Attendees are asked to bring a can of dog or cat food as a donation.

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