Animals and Domestic Violence

Abuse comes in ALL kinds and sizes.

Have you thought about seeking shelter, but stayed because you did not want to leave your pet behind?  We can help!  Rainbow House and Menominee Animal Shelter  ( work together.  If you are accessing shelter services at Rainbow House, we can find a safe place for your cat or dog as well.  Your animal will receive great care.  When you are ready to transition to a place of your own, you and your pet will be reunited.   In the meantime, visits can be arranged.  Volunteers may be able to help with other pets.  Don’t delay leaving a dangerous situation because you fear for the safety of your pet.  Give us a call.  We can help.  (715) 735-6656. There is no fee for this extra service!

If you are witnessing animal abuse, report it.  In 76% of cases, when a pet is being physically abused, others in the household are as well.  If you spot animal abuse, call 911.  You may save a life.  Or Two.

Twelve independent surveys have reported that between 18 percent and 48 percent of battered women have delayed their decision to leave their batterer, or have returned to their batterer, out of fear for the welfare of their pets or livestock (Ascione, 2007).

Between 71-85 percent of women entering domestic violence shelters reported that their partner had threatened, injured or killed the family pet (Ascione, Weber, & Wood, 1997).

One of the first studies to address the co-occurrence between child abuse and animal abuse discovered that 88 percent of homes with physically abused children also included abuse or neglect of the family pet (DeViney, Dickert, & Lockwood, 1983). In a nationwide study, more than 71 percent of battered women reported that their abusers had harmed, killed or threatened animals, and 32 percent reported that their children had harmed or killed animals (Ascione, 1997).

Research has shown that 62-76 percent of animal cruelty in the home occurs in front of children (Faver & Strand, 2003). Children often intervene to protect their mothers and pets from being battered. Some children may even allow themselves to be victimized to save their pets from being harmed or killed (Edelson et al., 2003). Tragically, this behavior is often symptomatic of children’s future abuse of people (Boat, 1999).