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Animal welfare
What is the connection between human and animal abuse?
  1. Paola van Dijk
  1. University of Edinburgh, Easter Bush Campus, Midlothian EH25 9RG
  1. e-mail: pvd26884{at}

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In addition to the recent article ‘When is it safe to report abuse?’ (VR, 22 July, 2017, vol 181, pp 83-84), a further number of recent studies have highlighted the relationship between non-accidental injury (NAI) in animals, also known as ‘battered pet syndrome’,1 and domestic violence.2,3,4,5

Recent research identifies that intimate partner violence, abuse of children and abuse of companion pets tends to occur in the same families. Gallagher et al refer to a study performed in the …

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