reporting is an important multidisciplinary approach to reporting child and animal abuse where those responsible for investigating
animal abuse cross report suspected child abuse (and vice versa).
The link between child abuse and animal abuse has been well documented. When animals have been
abused in a home, there is great likelihood that child abuse is also occurring. Legislation for cross-reporting and cross-reporting
standards is crucial to end this continuing cycle of abuse.
California has adopted cross reporting laws and more states are beginning to do the same with Illinois
being one of the most recent (see HB 562). This important legislation will undoubtedly save the lives of many children and