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Feature May 2018 Issue

Domestic Abuse and Pet Safety

As many as 40 percent of battered women stay with their abuser out of fear of what might happen to their pets once they leave.

Domestic Abuse and Pet Safety

It can be hard enough to escape from an abusive relationship yourself. But the obstacles often become greater when a beloved cat is involved. Luckily, there's help.

The statistics speak for themselves. Over seventy 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 psychological 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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