Animal, family violence linked?

The connections between animal cruelty and various forms of family violence are called the web of violence or the tangled web of abuse, according to criminal justice instructor Stephanie Frogge.

To expand on the connections between the two, Catherine Faver, professor of social work at the University of Texas-Pan American, will discuss “Animal Cruetly and Family Violence: Untangling the Web of Abuse” on Monday (Nov. 13).

The lecture, sponsored by the College of Criminal Justice, will be held at 6 p.m. in the Beto Criminal Justice Center’s Hazel B. Kerper Courtroom.

“Adults who abuse animals often abuse their partners and/or children. Children who abuse animals may be victims of child maltreatment,” Frogge said. “Learning about these connections and building bridges between human service professionals and animal welfare professionals can help us to prevent or intervene more effectively in all forms of family and community violence.”

Faver’s areas of specialty include connections between animal and human welfare and the link between animal abuse and interpersonal violence.

The free program is open to the public, with a reception immediately following.

For more information, contact Frogge at 936.294.4174 or

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