Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Domestic Violence Support for Pets

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Domestic Violence Support for Pets

Article excerpt

PETS can be domestic violence victims too.

It's the message the RSPCA is sending the community as their Pets in Crisis program recorded double the amount of pets taken into care as their owners escaped violent relationships last year.

The program is designed to give pets a similar kind of emergency accommodation as their owners who had escaped domestic violence.

The number of pets from domestic violence the RSPCA cares has been gradually increasing every year, but last year the numbers doubled.

Pets in Crisis provides women with a release from their 'hostage' situations and helps families seek refuge.

It means they are able to be reunited with their families when they are in a safe environment.

The program teamed up with DVConnect in 2005 to help deal with women and children who felt trapped in violent domestic situations because of concerns for their pets.

"Women often delay leaving a violent relationship because they're worried what will happen to their pets," DVConnect manager Di Mangan said. …

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