SANTA FE ― The House Health and Human Services Committee has unanimously approved House Joint Memorial 6 sponsored by Rep. Jim Dines (R-Bernalillo).
The memorial requests that the Children, Youth and Families Department (CYFD) and the Department of Public Safety (DPS) consider training their providers on the connection between animal abuse and interpersonal violence.
“Research clearly shows that animal abuse is an important indicator of other abuse that may be occurring in a home,” Dines said. “This memorial encourages CYFD and DPS to consider training their employees on the link between animal cruelty and violence against other family members. I hope it will also raise public awareness about the issue and increase opportunities to protect people and pets from unsafe home environments.”
Recent studies have shown that seventy-six percent of animal abusers also abuse other household members, and people who have a history of animal abuse are approximately three times more likely to commit a violent crime than non-animal abusers. The memorial seeks to train certain state workers on identifying the signs of animal cruelty in order to prevent other types of abuse such as domestic violence, child abuse and elder abuse.
House Joint Memorial will be considered by the full House of Representatives next.