School of Health in Social Science

(3) The link between animal cruelty, domestic violence and childhood trauma

This work is funded by an Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) knowledge exchange and impact acceleration grant

August 2019 - January 2021

The link between animal cruelty, domestic violence and childhood trauma:  Changing policy and practice through impactful research

Key activities


  • Raise professional awareness of the relationship between animal cruelty and human violence, building on the national conference in September 2019.


  • Change professional policy and practice through practitioner workshops and collaborative work with the Scottish SPCA.


  • Complete the Delphi Study, analyse data and write a publication. Findings from this study will inform the development of a web-based toolkit.


  • Increase evidence-based practice in animal welfare education/cruelty prevention for children and young people through the development and promotion of an ‘Animal Welfare Education/Cruelty Prevention Toolkit’. This will be promoted through a workshop or webinar.


  • Continue developing social media engagement and website.




Key events - click on each one to view associated materials 


Forthcoming publications

Muldoon J.C. & Williams J.M. (2021). Establishing consensus on the best ways to educate children about animal welfare and prevent harm: an online Delphi study. Animal Welfare, 30.

Muldoon J.C. & Williams J.M. (2021). The challenges & future development of animal welfare education in the UK. Animal Welfare, 30.


The Animal Welfare Education for Children Toolkit

​We have developed a toolkit to support animal welfare education professionals to evaluate their interventions. Find a pdf to download and the online toolkit at the link below:

The Animal Welfare Education for Children Toolkit | The University of Edinburgh