Pet Safety and Women: Options for women with pets leaving abusive situations (2018)

There has long been a connection to violence against women and violence against pets or companion animals. Women who experience gender based domestic violence are less likely to leave the violent situation if there is a pet or companion animal in the home. Reasons for this include fear for the animal’s safety; fear of harm, violence or worse perpetrated on the animal, which are often used as threats by abusers. This 2018 document written by OAITH is an information tool with multiple options that shelters may choose and consider, based always on the needs of the women they serve, their internal capacity, and resources.