New research to be unveiled at Scottish SPCA puppy trade conference investigating the abuse of dogs as an indication of potential child abuse in the home

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Dr. Joanne Williams' research investigates the effects of puppy farming on dog behaviour and health. 


Period31 Jan 2019

Media coverage


Media coverage

  • TitleLinks between animal cruelty and violence to be examined at landmark conference
    Degree of recognitionNational
    Media name/outletThe National
    Media typePrint
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
    DescriptionThis article written for the Edinburgh National reports on the upcoming conference and describes the theme of the conference which is about the link between violent behaviours towards animals that can indicate potential abuse perpetuated towards children.

    Dr Jo Williams, Senior Lecturer in Clinical and Health Psychology at the University of Edinburgh said, “This landmark conference will be the first in the UK to focus on animal cruelty and its links to adverse childhood experiences and human violence.

    “By bringing a range of professionals together, and highlighting cruelty as a cross-profession societal issue, we will focus on what we can all do within our professions to promote both animal welfare and young people’s health, safety and development.”
    Producer/AuthorKirsteen Paterson
    PersonsJoanne Williams