The American Humane Association
63 Inverness Drive East
Englewood, CO 80112–5117
303–792–5333 (fax)

The National Resource Center on the Link Between Violence to People and Animals
63 Inverness Drive East
Englewood, CO 80112–5117
877–LINK–222 (877–546–5222)

The American Humane Association (AHA), established in 1877, includes both child protection and animal protection divisions. AHA operates the National Resource Center on the Link Between Violence to People and Animals, provides training to professional groups across the country, and has brochures, fact sheets, and special issues of Protecting Children available that are devoted to this topic.

The Humane Society of the United States
First StrikeTM Campaign
2100 L Street NW.
Washington, DC 20037

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) launched the First StrikeTM Campaign in 1997 to raise public and professional awareness about the connection between animal abuse and human violence. The campaign provides training for law enforcement officers, prosecutors, social service workers, veterinarians, mental health professionals, educators, and the general public on the importance of treating animal abuse as a serious crime and an indicator of other forms of violence. A complete list of resources available through the HSUS First StrikeTM Campaign is available at the Web site and can also be obtained by calling the toll-free number (both listed above). Resources include a free campaign kit with brochures and fact sheets. A general brochure, a brochure on domestic violence, and a brochure for children are available in Spanish. Also available are the First StrikeTM Campaign video and public service announcements, articles addressing the connection between animal abuse and human violence, and Violence Prevention and Intervention: A Directory of Animal-Related Programs (Duel, 2000), an 82-page listing of prevention and intervention programs.

The Latham Foundation for the Promotion of Humane Education
1826 Clement Avenue
Alameda, CA 94501
510–521–9861 (fax)

Established in 1918, the Latham Foundation promotes respect for all life through education. The Foundation publishes a quarterly periodical, The Latham Letter, and maintains a number of print and video resources related to animal abuse, child maltreatment, and humane education, including:

  • Breaking the Cycles of Violence: A Video and Training Manual (set). Authored by Phil Arkow, the video and 64-page manual are ideal for cross training professionals on animal and human abuse issues.

  • Teaching Compassion: A Guide for Humane Educators. Written by Pamela Raphael with Libby Coleman, Ph.D., and Lynn Loar, Ph.D., this 130-page guide includes a teacher’s narrative and lesson plans to encourage respect, responsibility, compassion, and empathy.

  • Child Abuse, Domestic Violence, and Animal Abuse: Linking the Circles of Compassion for Prevention and Intervention. Produced with the assistance of the Latham Foundation, this book, edited by Frank R. Ascione, Ph.D., and Phil Arkow (1999), includes original chapters written by authorities from each of these three areas of professional focus.

  • Safe Havens for Pets: Guidelines for Programs Sheltering Pets for Women Who Are Battered. Based on indepth interviews with 41 domestic violence and animal welfare agencies, this book describes the development and operation of programs that shelter pets for women and their children who are escaping violent homes. A free copy of this book is available for any law enforcement, domestic violence, animal welfare, child welfare, or related agency making a request (funded by the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation).

    Send a self-adhesive, self-addressed mailing label to:

    Frank R. Ascione, Ph.D.
    Department of Psychology
    Utah State University
    2810 Old Main Hill
    Logan, UT 84322–2810
    435–797–1448 (fax)

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Animal Abuse and Youth Violence Juvenile Justice Bulletin September 2001