Dealing with cases of suspected or actual animal abuse and family violence
When you, as a veterinarian, suspect that an animal has sustained injuries as a result of deliberate abuse, it can be difficult to establish the appropriate course of action. It can be even more challenging if you suspect that the violence perpetrated on the animal may also have been used to threaten or intimidate human family members.
Despite the relative rarity with which situations of deliberate animal abuse – and associated family violence – may have been recognised in practice, it is clear that such events are occurring in our society. Raising veterinarians’ awareness of such issues, interfacing as they do with both animals and their owners, provides a unique opportunity to assist in reducing violence in New Zealand society.
This booklet aims to provide some information and guidance to assist veterinarians and practices to prepare for such situations.
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