The vet’s role in the link between animal and human abuse

The link between animal abuse and domestic violence was highlighted by Dr Freda Scott-Park, chairman of the Links Group. Addressing the general assembly of the Federation of Veterinarians of Europe (FVE) in Tallinn on the 9th of June, she also described the role for veterinary practitioners and the actions undertaken by the Links Group. The Links Group is a multi-agency interest group connecting veterinarians and ‘humans’ (including health care and social workers, abuse help professionals and the police) that promotes the welfare and safety of vulnerable children, animals and adults.

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