A world free from the abuse of people and animals.
We raise awareness of the link between the abuse of people and animals through support, training and inter-agency working.
The Links Group was initially formed in 2001 as a working group following a conference held following the publication of a paper published in the JSAP which explored the concept of Non-Accidental Injury (NAI) in pets, and coined the phrase ‘the battered pet’. It made the link between the subjects of child abuse, animal abuse and domestic violence – and the group united agencies working in these areas by ‘forging the link’ between a network of motivated people representing different, relevant agencies with different areas of expertise.
Dr Freda Scott-Park from The Links Group spoke to the Animal Welfare Foundation about "The Golden Moment" in 2013. In this, she explains the role the veterinary profession can play in grasping that moment when it is possible to help victims of domestic abuse, both animals and people. You can view her talk here.