Domestic violence: when cruelty to animals can sound the alarm

By Audrey Guiller and Nolwenn Weiler

Evidence suggests that men who are violent towards their wives and children are often also involved in cruel and violent behaviour to pets within the home. While the link has become a key lead in some countries for investigating domestic violence, it is still largely ignored in France despite representing an opportunity for the early identification and protection of victims. Audrey Guiller and Nolwenn Weiler report.

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Once a taboo, the subject of domestic violence, and notably the alarming toll of ‘femicide’ murders of women perpetrated by their husbands, partners or former partners, has become an issue of public concern and debate in France, largely due to the militant campaigning of feminists and associations of support for victims.