from the chair
I am honored to bring you this edition of the Commission’s eNewsletter, focusing on the link between animal abuse and domestic violence.
As long as battered women have been forced to flee from their homes, they have been forced to choose whether to take their pets with them. Family members, friends, and battered women’s shelters have faced the challenge of accepting and assisting both battered women and their animals. Many shelters have “no pets allowed” policies out of concern for safety, a lack of resources, and the necessities of group living. These policies have led many women to choose to return to the home they shared with their perpetrator rather than be faced with leaving their pets or livestock behind, certain that abuse of their valued companion would continue without their protection.
The co-occurrence of animal abuse and domestic violence is well-documented. Studies have indicated that pet abuse is frequently an indicator of violence against family members as well. Moreover, children who have witnessed violence often mimic that behavior by abusing the family pet. Finally, abuse of guide dogs and companion dogs of blind persons is a recognized form of power and control by perpetrators abusing their intimate partners. Understanding the link between animal abuse and domestic violence is essential for attorneys representing victims so that we may ensure that the remedies and protection that is sought for their clients includes their concerns or needs for any pets or animals in their lives. Read More...
INSIDE THIS EDITION
Expanding Domestic Violence Protection Orders to Include Companion Animals
Four-Footed and Largely Forgotten: Exploring the Connection Between Animal Abuse and Domestic Violence
Here are ways to start implementing our experts’ insights today . . . Read More...
animal abuse resources
ABA Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section Animal Law Committee
American Humane, the Link®
Human Society of the United States, First Strike Campaign
National Coalition Against Domestic Violence Fact Sheet