Animal Abuse Reference List
In contrast to the “Animal Abuse” recommended reading list, this reference list is narrower in focus, concentrating on books and online resources – including scholarly articles and websites – which examine the link between animal abuse and interpersonal violence.
Oftentimes, when contacting law enforcement officials about an animal abuse case, I’ll include a copy of this list in my letter or email. This is especially helpful if, in your correspondence, you argue that cases of animal abuse should be taken seriously because they may be a precursor to later violence against humans. (Of course, be careful to also stress that animal abuse is wrong because animals are sentient beings and can suffer.) The resources below provide evidence for such claims – and, should you choose to include them as an addendum to your letter, may help bolster your argument.
Feel free to copy, crosspost or otherwise redistribute the list below, in whole or part. If you’d like to include some or all of the resources when contacting law enforcement officials about an animal abuse case, have at it! I’ve tried to make the list as easy to copy and paste as possible, for example, by listing the full URL under each resource, instead of making the book/article titles into hyperlinks.
For a more complete list of books pertaining to animal abuse, please see the “Animal Abuse” reading list. Please note that, for logistical reasons, it does not include articles or websites.
Arluke, Arnold and Randall Lockwood. 1997. “Guest Editors’ Introduction: Understanding Cruelty to Animals.” Society & Animals Volume 5, Number 3.
Ascione, Frank R. 2001. “Animal Abuse and Youth Violence.” Juvenile Justice Bulletin September 2001.
http://www.ncjrs.org/html/ojjdp/jjbul2001_9_2/contents.html or http://www.ncjrs.org/pdffiles1/ojjdp/188677.pdf
Ascione, Frank R., Claudia V. Weber and David S. Wood. 1997. “The Abuse of Animals & Domestic Violence: A National Survey of Shelters for Women who are Battered.” Society & Animals Volume 5, Number 3.
http://www.psyeta.org/sa/sa5.3/Ascione.html or http://www.vachss.com/guest_dispatches/ascione_1.html
Ascione, Frank R., Claudia V. Weber and David S. Wood. 1997. “Final Report on the project entitled: Animal Welfare and Domestic Violence.” Originally submitted to The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, April 25, 1997.
Beirne, Piers. 2003. “From Animal Abuse to Interhuman Violence? A Critical Review of the Progression Thesis.” Society & Animals Volume 12, Number 1.
Capaldo, Theodora and Lorin Lindner. 1999. “Resensitizing Society: Understanding the Connection Between Violence Toward Human and Nonhuman Animals.” The Forensic Examiner July/August 1999.
Fleming, William M., Brian Jory and David L. Burton. 2002. “Characteristics of Juvenile Offenders Admitting to Sexual Activity with Nonhuman Animals.” Society & Animals Volume 10, Number 1.
Flynn, Clifton P. 2000. “Battered Women and Their Animal Companions: Symbolic Interaction Between Human and Nonhuman Animals.” Society & Animals Volume 8, Number 2.
Green, Gary S. 2002. “The Other Criminalities of Animal Freeze-Killers: Support for a Generality of Deviance.” Society & Animals Volume 10, Number 1.
Henry, Bill C. 2004. “The Relationship between Animal Cruelty, Delinquency, and Attitudes toward the Treatment of Animals.” Society & Animals Volume 12, Number 3.
Livingston, Margit. 2001. “Desecrating the Ark: Animal Abuse and the Law’s Role in Prevention.” The University of Iowa Law Review October 2001.
Lockwood, Randall. 2001. “Animal Abuse and Human Violence: State of the Art Lecture.” Presented at the World Small Animal Veterinary Association World Congress, Vancouver 2001.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). 2009. “Animal Abuse and Human Abuse: Partners in Crime (Factsheet).”
Randour, Mary Lou. 2008. “What We Know About the Link Between Animal Abuse and Human Violence.”
Raupp, Carol D., Mary Barlow and Judith A. Oliver. 1997. “Perceptions of Family Violence: Are Pets In the Picture?” Society & Animals Volume 5, Number 3.
Solot, Dorian. 1997. “Untangling the Animal Abuse Web.” Society & Animals Volume 5, Number 3.
Vollum, Scott, Jacqueline Buffington-Vollum and Dennis R. Longmir. 2004. “Moral Disengagement and Attitudes about Violence toward Animals.” Society & Animals Volume 12, Number 3.
Arluke, Arnold. 2006. Just a Dog: Understanding Animal Cruelty and Ourselves (Animals, Culture, and Society). Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Temple University Press.
Arluke, Arnold. 2007. Brute Force: Policing Animal Cruelty. West Lafayette, Indiana: Purdue University Press.
Arluke, Arnold and Celeste Killeen. 2009. Inside Animal Hoarding. West Lafayette, Indiana: Purdue University Press.
Ascione, Frank R. 2005. Children and Animals: Exploring the Roots of Kindness. West Lafayette, Indiana: Purdue University Press.
Ascione, Frank. R., ed. 2008. The International Handbook of Animal Abuse and Cruelty: Theory, Research and Application. West Lafayette, Indiana: Purdue University Press.
Ascione, Frank R. and Phil Arkow, eds. 1999. Child Abuse, Domestic Violence, and Animal Abuse: Linking the Circles of Compassion for Prevention and Intervention. West Lafayette, Indiana: Purdue University Press.
Ascione, Frank R. and Randall Lockwood, eds. 1998. Cruelty to Animals and Interpersonal Violence: Readings in Research and Application. West Lafayette, Indiana: Purdue University Press.
Carlisle-Frank, Pamela and Tom Flanagan. 2006. Silent Victims: Recognizing and Stopping Abuse of the Family Pet. Lanham, Maryland: University Press of America.
Merz-Perez, Linda and Kathleen M. Heide. 2003. Animal Cruelty: Pathway to Violence Against People. Lanham, Maryland: AltaMira Press.
Zilney, Lisa Anne. 2007. Linking Animal Cruelty and Family Violence. Amherst, New York: Cambria Press.
American Humane’s National Resource Center on the Link Between Violence to People and Animals
Animal Legal Defense Fund
Humane Society of the United States: HSUS First Strike: The Connection Between Animal Cruelty and Human Violence
The Lantham Foundation
Society & Animals Forum: Beyond Violence
Last updated 5/14/09