Nica Richards
Deputy online news editor
7 minute read
3 Mar 2021
4:17 pm

Animal abuse may be a pointer towards gender violence

Nica Richards

The link between violence and animal abuse increases when individuals find gratification through violent acts towards animals. 

Violent behaviour towards animals is a red flag, especially if this is done for gratification. Photo for illustration: iStock

There are many novel anecdotes to remember when observing human behaviour, one of which is: “You can tell a lot about a man by the way he treats his dog.”  And there may well be some truth to this.  In a country battling a never-ending war against gender-based violence (GBV), it is only natural for curiosity to prompt people to look out for “signs” their spouse may end up becoming the person they fear the most.  Could abusing animals establish a link to help authorities and women alike to find out just how dangerous potential future perpetrators of violence could...