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We believe: No one deserves to be abused be it emotionally, physically, or sexually. Our prime service is the safety and empowerment of all victims and their children.

We Will: Provide prevention, education, and information to communities, families, and schools.

JUNE 2015

An Abuser May Harm Family Pet to Hurt YOU! 


In recent years, researchers have documented a strong connection between animal abuse and domestic violence.

  • A study from 11 U.S. cities revealed that a history of pet abuse is one of the four most significant indicators of who is at greatest risk of becoming a domestic batterer.
  • A Texas study found that batterers who also abuse pets are more dangerous and use more violent and controlling behaviors than those who do not harm animals.
  • Twelve separate studies have reported that between 18 and 48 percent of battered women, and their children, delay leaving abusive situations in fear for what might happen to their animals.
  • Women who do seek safety at shelters are nearly 11 times more likely to report that their partner has hurt or killed their animals than women who have not experienced domestic abuse.
  • In Wisconsin, 68 percent of battered women revealed that abusive partners had also been violent towards pets or livestock; more than three quarters of these cases occurred in the presence of the women and/or children to intimidate and control them.
  • Children who are exposed to domestic violence were three times more likely to be cruel to animals.
  • The Chicago Police Dept. found that approximately 30 percent of individuals arrested for dog fighting and animal abuse had domestic violence charges on their records.


These numbers are too high; there is legitimate evidence that people that abuse animals pose a danger to the public. Intentional animal abuse is often seen in association with other serious crimes including drug offenses, gang activities, weapons violations, sexual assault and domestic violence. These cycles often start with animal abuse, and must be stopped.

Why do abusers batter animals?

  • To demonstrate power and control
  • To isolate the victim and children
  • To enforce submission
  • To perpetuate and environment of fear
  • To prevent victim from leaving or coerce her to return
  • To punish for leaving or showing independence

Please be aware that helpless animals are at risk also. If you see abuse of any kind, REPORT it.

Information taken from an ASPCA Article Domestic Violence and Cruelty to Animals

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