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(p. 251) Social Responses to Animal Maltreatment Offenders: Cruelty and Sexual Abuse
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(p. 251) Social Responses to Animal Maltreatment Offenders: Cruelty and Sexual Abuse
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Lisa Lunghofer

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10.1093/med:psych/9780199360901.003.0009
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date: 23 September 2019

This chapter begins with a review of the evolution of social responses to the abuse of women and children, and examines how those responses can inform efforts to promote the humane treatment of animals. Legal responses to animal maltreatment are reviewed, including cross-reporting laws, pets in protection orders, animal abuse registries, and laws regarding psychological evaluation and counseling for people convicted of animal abuse. Intervention and assessment models are described, including what is currently known about their effectiveness. Prevention and early intervention programs are also discussed. The chapter concludes with a proposed research agenda to answer key questions about the scope of the problem of animal abuse and the effects of policy and legislation to address it. Answering these questions will provide the foundation for developing effective interventions and policies to support them.

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