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Feature October 2016 Issue

Domestic Abuse and Protecting Pets

It can be hard for a person to leave an abusive relationship if it means leaving behind a beloved pet who may be harmed as a result.

Domestic Abuse and Protecting Pets

Often, it's hard enough to escape an abusive relationship yourself. The obstacles become even greater when a beloved pet is involved. Here's some help.

The statistics speak for themselves. Seventy-one percent of pet-owning women who find safety in a women’s shelter report that their abuser had also “injured, maimed, killed or threatened family pets for revenge or to gain psychologically control.” Furthermore, 32 percent of the children who end up in shelters to escape domestic abuse had themselves harmed or even killed pet animals; the lessons modeled by the offending adult seep in insidiously.

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