Cobb County Government

Spot Abuse

The Spot Abuse Project is an effort piloted in Milwaukee to reduce the growing percentage of domestic violence, by encouraging more residents to dial 9-1-1 when they suspect animal abuse. The effort is based on research from the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys that found 76% of animal abusers also abuse a member of their family. The premise is that if more people can be convinced to dial 911 when they suspect animal abuse (an act generally considered to be easier than reporting domestic abuse), that the police will then have the opportunity to uncover a higher number of domestic violence cases. Although this was a project in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, it is applicable nationwide.

www.spotabuse.org