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NEW YORK, NEW YORK, March 11, 2001: Studies have recently indicated that there is a definite correlation between animal abuse and domestic violence. Police departments now teach their officers to be on the look-out for animal cruelty as battered women and children may also be part of that household's scenario. Victims are often prevented from leaving an abusive relationship when threats are directed at their pets. Three shocking incidences are cited in this heart-wrenching article: a wife at a battered women's shelter received an audiotape from her husband with howls from her tortured dog, an ex-husband microwaved his wife's kitten, and a father fried his children's goldfish. Politically both animal welfare advocates and the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence have pulled together in their fight against violence and identifying potential abusers.