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 (http://mashelter.org) work together. If you are accessing shelter services at Rainbow House, please know that we have a kennel facility at our agency as well. You may bring along your dog, cat, or small companion animal. We’ll work with you to find volunteers to provide shelter for other types of animals. 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! We want to thank Red Rover and AKC Kennel Fund for donations to open our new facility! Menominee Animal Shelter and Town and Country Vet partner in ongoing support to care for our in-shelter animals.
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).