Free Educational Materials:
Download IDA's "Protect Your Community" Flyer (PDF)
This 2-sided color flyer is a perfect conference packet insert for education and crime prevention workshops. The flyer briefly explains the importance of adults responding to kids who talk about harming animals or who are seen actually abusing them. It then offers teachers and community leaders the tools to respond.
TeachKind Offers Free Online Resources. TeachKind understands that teaching kids to be kind to animals is a vital part of character education programs, and is a proven, effective way to prevent violence. TeachKind's e-network keeps teachers up to date on the newest curriculum, magazines, videos, and other resources available.
The Healing Species curriculum is endorsed and partly funded by the State of South Carolina Department of Education. This 12-week elementary-level education program for children is designed for use in state school districts, juvenile justice facilities, battered womens shelters, community groups, childrens homes, and alternative schools. The teachers' binder includes eleven lessons, four videos, and one children's book.
Download Introductory PDF(free)
Download Lesson One (free)
Other Resources For School and Community Violence Prevention:
Animal Cruelty: Pathway to Violence Against People
Practitioners in the animal welfare field, law enforcement circles, and social services arena have often maintained that childhood cruelty to animals is a forerunner to violence against people. Does this behavior serve as a red flag with respect to extremely violent offenders, such as serial killers? Is it part of the cycle of violence associated with domestic abuse? Perez and Heide provide the first scientific examination of this relationship and examine issues of cruelty across different types of animals (pet, wild, stray, farm). The authors evaluate both qualitative and quantitative data to identify correlations between childhood cruelty and adult violent behavior, utilizing interviews and criminal records of violent and nonviolent inmates in a maximum security prison. Their findings will be of importance to a diverse audience, including researchers and practitioners in the field of juvenile justice, violence and domestic abuse, social welfare, animal welfare and animal rights and developmental psychologists and counselors, as well as law enforcement officers, district attorneys and judges, county and municipal officials, animal control officers, veterinarians, and school administrators, especially those concerned with intervention and prevention strategies.
List of Contributors
Randall Lockwood; Frank R. Ascione
About The Authors
Linda Merz-Perez is the former Executive Director of the Humane Society of Shelby County, Alabama. She currently serves on the boards of Hand-In-Paw and the SPCA, West Pasco, has served as court-appointed Animal Cruelty Investigative Officer, and has been involved in the field of animal welfare for the last 14 years. Kathleen M. Heide is professor of Criminology at the University of South Florida, Tampa, and a licensed mental health counselor. She is an internationally recognized consultant on adolescent homicide, family violence, personality assessment, and juvenile justice, and the author of Why Kids Kill Parents: Child Abuse and Adolescent Homicide (1992) and Young Killers: The Challenge of Juvenile Homicide (1999).
Teaching Compassion: A Guide for Humane Educators, Teachers, and Parents
The meanings of animals in the hearts of children as revealed through artwork and poetry. A teacher's narrative and lesson plans to encourage respect, responsibility, compassion, and empathy. There is a section devoted to handling disclosures of child and animal abuse. Appendices include lesson plans, vocabulary lists, homework ideas, techniques for teaching poetry, ideas for role plays and art projects, and an extensive resource list
Child Abuse, Domestic Violence, and Animal Abuse
The book is an interdisciplinary sourcebook of original essays that examines the relations between animal maltreatment and human interpersonal violence, expands the scope of research in this growing area, and provides practical assessment and documentation strategies to help professionals confronting violence do their jobs better by attending to these connections. The book includes vivid first-person accounts from "survivors" whose experiences included animal maltreatment among other forms of family violence.
Community Intervention in Juvenile Animal Cruelty
This 25-page manual is designed to assist teachers, humane educators, mental health professionals, and others in assessing, referring, and treating children who are cruel to animals. It includes useful information on various forms of cruelty to animals, motivators for childhood abuse animals, research findings on the link between animal abuse and interpersonal violence, and what teachers, humane educators and others can do to help.
Animal Abuse and Community Violence-Related Videos:
Beyond Violence (Grades 6-12 and College)
Encourages students think about the many ways in which we interact with animals and about the link between violence toward animals and violence toward people. These lessons will help stimulate discussions on proper animal care and the importance of addressing animal abuse, inside and outside of school. To order, visit www.psyeta.org.
"First Strike" (8:33) This short video discusses how animals are subjected to the same forms of abuse that children experience, including physical abuse, serious neglect, and even psychological abuse. To order, call HSUS First Strike Program at 1-888-213-0956.
Breaking the Cycles of Violence: A Guide to Multi-Disciplinary Interventions.
This video, which is accompanied by a 64-page cross training manual, assists child protection, human service and domestic violence, and animal welfare professionals to identify, report, investigate, and treat interrelated forms of family violence. The video is a sensitive portrayal featuring a cross-disciplinary team of experts. It promotes community awareness about the connections between family violence and animal abuse. The video and manual are designed to train agency personnel, cross-train other agencies, sensitize community groups, and build coalitions. (26 minutes; Mature teens through adult; psychology, corrections)
Pet-Facilitated Therapy This video focuses on a former patient at Lima State Hospital who participated in their unique pet-assisted therapy program. This video recounts his life and attitudes since release. (8th Grade through Adult; psychology and corrections) To order, visit The Latham Foundations materials website.