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Reaction of the veterinarian and the animal behaviour therapist confronted with a potentially problematic family situation of a client

By R. de Meester, K. van Hoey

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Abstract

The relationship between animal abuse and domestic violence or child abuse is discussed. The legal framework in Belgium regarding the obligation to report intrafamilial violence and extrafamilial child abuse is outlined, as well as legal options for interaction when dogs are used to intimidate victims. The legal obligations of veterinarians under the Animal Welfare Law of 14 August 1986 are also described. The process of reporting abuse cases is described, based on either reporting to local health services, provincial units for animal welfare, or the police.

Date 2011
Publication Title Vlaams Diergeneeskundig Tijdschrift
Volume 80
Issue 2
Pages 155-160
ISBN/ISSN 0303-9021
Language Dutch
Author Address Vakgroep Medische Beeldvorming, Faculteit Diergeneeskunde, UGent, Salisburylaan 133, B-9820 Merelbeke, Belgium. rudydemeester@telenet.be
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  1. Abuse
  2. Animal health and hygiene
  3. Animal rights
  4. Animal welfare
  5. Belgium
  6. Child abuse
  7. Children
  8. Conflict
  9. Developed countries
  10. Domestic violence
  11. Employees
  12. Europe
  13. Human rights
  14. Laws and regulations
  15. Legislation
  16. Mammals
  17. OECD countries
  18. Pets and companion animals
  19. Practice and service
  20. Primates
  21. Public Services
  22. Veterinarians
  23. Veterinary medicine
  24. Veterinary surgery