- To demonstrate power and control over the family
- To isolate the victim and children
- To enforce submission
- To perpetuate an environment of fear
- To prevent the victim from leaving or to coerce her to return
- To punish the victim for leaving or showing independence
There is a direct link between animal cruelty and domestic violence.
- 71% of pet-owning women entering women’s shelters reported that their batterer had injured, maimed, killed or threatened family pets for revenge or to psychologically control victims.
- 68% of battered women reported violence towards their animals. 87% of these incidents occurred in the presence of the women, and 75% in the presence of the children, to psychologically control and coerce them.
- Between 25% and 40% of battered women are unable to escape abusive situations because they worry about what will happen to their pets if they leave.
Center for Domestic Peace and the Marin Humane Society hosted a free seminar on understanding and responding to the link between animal abuse and domestic violence. They took a deep dive into the research, explored ways to identify abuse, and provided practical steps to take to help people and animals in need. Special Guest Speaker: Dr. Phil Arkow, Coordinator, National Link Coalition – the National Resource Center on The Link between Animal Abuse and Human Violence.
Click here to watch the web seminar. Passcode: WxV=qMM9