House Passes Legislation To Raise Awareness On Link Between Animal Abuse And Intra-family Violence


SANTA FE – Tuesday evening, the House of Representatives 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 intra-family violence.

Studies have identified a link between animal abuse and violence against family members. Individuals with a history of animal abuse are approximately three times more likely to commit a violent crime than non-animal abusers, and 76 percent of animal abusers also abuse other household members. HJM 6 requests that CYFD and DPS consider training certain state workers on identifying the signs of animal cruelty in an effort to prevent other types of abuse such as domestic violence, child abuse and elder abuse.

“Animal abuse is often a sign of other types of violent behavior,” Dines said. “With this memorial, hopefully we can train state employees on spotting possible signs of abuse and raise public awareness about the link between violence against pets and violence against people.”

HJM 6 will now be sent to the Senate for consideration.

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