Family violence and animal abuse
There has been growing research into the links between pet abuse and family violence. Recently, the University of Sydney partnered with Domestic Violence NSW to research these connections, in order to provide better services for both human and animal victims.
Studies in the US indicate that perpetrators who abuse pets pose a higher risk to women and their children, with increased rates of physical and sexual violence, stalking, and homicide. Source: http://sydney.edu.au/news/84.html?newsstoryid=13915
Pets in Peril
The EDVOS Pets in Peril program aims to improve animal/pet safety in family violence situations, and partners with community agencies, veterinarians and volunteers to provide temporary shelter where needed.
Evidence indicates that perpetrators of family violence often threaten or harm family pets as a way of exerting power and control over family members. In many cases, women remain in abusive relationships because they are concerned for pet safety or don’t know how to find alternative care for their pets.
Developed by EDVOS founder Judy Johnson over a decade ago, EDVOS is committed to increasing the capacity of Pets in Peril to respond and effectively support women who face this barrier.
Pets in Peril is currently an unfunded program, however the organisation continues to support this critical, much-needed service.