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Domestic Abuse and Pets

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Many people who choose to abuse their partners or children will also abuse family pets.

Abusers do this in order to:

  • Demonstrate and confirm power and control over the victim and the family.
  • Teach submission.
  • Perpetuate the context of fear, isolation, and terror.
  • Prevent the victim from leaving the relationship or punish the victim if they have left.

DOVE recognizes that pets are family members too. We work with survivors to develop safety plans that include family pets.


Domestic Abuse and Pets Resource

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