Animal and Child Help Center

To Take A Bite out of Animal Abuse, Visit These Sites:
To Encourage Humane Policing:
For Legal Help:
To Prevent and Respond to Domestic Violence, Child Abuse and Animal Abuse, contact:
  • McGruff Strategies Center and LINK-UP Educational Network
    LINK-UP has uncovered hundreds of cases of child abuse and neglect, domestic violence, and senior abuse through the careful monitoring of severe cases of animal abuse. Sergeant Thomas Flanagan, founder of LINK-UP, has trained police officers, domestic violence prevention advocates, veterinarians, and Animal Control officers at 60 sites across the United States. Since the inception of the program, the link between animal abuse and domestic violence has been thrust to the forefront of the field.
  • The American Humane Association (AHA) Resource Center on the Link
    The Resource Center can be used as a tool to facilitate networking between human and animal welfare communities and help individuals and groups share both successful practices and potential areas of challenge. Call the National Resource Center toll free at (800) 227-4645 ext. 461 or visit
  • Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) First Strike Campaign
    First Strike conducts workshops to bring together social workers, animal protection workers, law enforcement agents, educators, prosecutors, judges, veterinarians, and concerned citizens to facilitate the development of coordinated community response to violence against all living beings. Call the First Strike toll free line at 1-888-213-0956 or email
  • Psychologists for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PSYETA)
    PSYETA offers AniCare Child, a treatment approach for juvenile cruelty to animals. The 90 page practitioner's handbook provides comprehensive strategies and practical suggestions for assessing and treating childhood animal abuse. Visit for more information.
  • DVERT: Domestic Violence Enhanced Response Team
    DVERT is a successful example of a multi-disciplinary approach to victim assistance.
  • The Latham Foundation
    Latham is a clearinghouse for information about humane issues and activities, the human-companion animal bond, animal-assisted therapy, and the connections between child and animal abuse and other forms of violence. Latham produces and distributes affordable videos and publications on these topics.
  • The Shiloh Project
    A Virginia-based non-profit organization teaching juvenile offenders and youth at-risk compassion, respect and responsibility toward animals and others through the experience of socializing and interacting with rescued homeless dogs. Phone: (703) 591-3600 or email:
For Current Reports Relating to Animal Law, visit:
For Published Research Relating to The Cycle of Violence, visit:
  • Domestic Violence and Cruelty to Animals
  • Animal Abuse and Youth Violence

  • For additional assistance, E-mail or call us at (415) 388-9641.

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