Elements of the Link


The Human-Animal Bond

The human-animal bond is the dynamic relationship between people and animals; each influences the psychological and physiological state of the other.


Interpersonal Violence

Animal cruelty is often associated with various forms of interpersonal violence that are not always defined by intimate relationships. Most typically Link related violence takes the form of domestic or “intimate partner” violence.


Child Maltreatment

The presence of animal maltreatment may also be a sentinel for callousness, neglect or abuse of children in that environment. Maltreated children are more likely to harm animals and to be harmed by animals that have been maltreated.


Criminal Behavior

Animal cruelty offenders are often more likely to have a history of criminal behaviors than non-offenders and to be engaged in associated criminal behaviors that present public safety risks to the community.


Maltreatment of At-Risk Adults

Some at-risk adults may lack the capacity to care adequately for themselves which increases the potential for self-neglect or harm.  Such individuals are also at higher risk to maltreat their animals either intentionally or unintentionally. Vulnerable elders or at-risk adults are also more susceptible to exploitation by others through threats of harm or actual harm to their companion animals.


Animal Cruelty

The presence of animal neglect or cruelty victims may be an indicator or predictor of other behaviors with significant public safety and/or human welfare risks. Link informed investigators play an invaluable role in preventing future maltreatment of humans and animals through effective investigation and cross-reporting.