Domestic Violence and Animal Abuse
Pets often face danger from abusive relationships
Sadly, domestic violence and animal abuse are intrinsically linked. According to the Animal Legal Defense Fund, abusers of animals are five times as likely to harm humans. In addition, concern about the safety of a pet is often a barrier for those seeking to leave an abusive relationship.
New York State recognizes this correlation and allows pets to be named on court orders of protection. LIADV advocacy staff can provide assistance with obtaining these court orders. Through Suffolk County’s Safe Pets and Families Act, LIADV and the Suffolk County SPCA can also arrange for safe, foster placement of pets belonging to anyone who seeks entry to our Safe Harbor Shelter.
- Domestic violence is an issue in 13 percent of intentional animal abuse cases.
- Abusers inflict harm on a family pet to demonstrate power and control over the family, enforce submission, perpetuate an environment of fear, and prevent victim from leaving or coercing them to return.
- Studies indicate that 48 to 71 percent of survivors seeking shelter from domestic violence report that their pets were also abused or killed by their partner.
If you or someone you know is in need of help, call the LIADV 24-hour hotline at 631-666-8833.