RSPCA supports domestic violence victims and their pets
Family and domestic violence victims fearful of leaving their violent partners in case their pet is harmed will receive support from the RSPCA so both pet and victim can seek a safer environment.
State Government funding of $100,000 has been provided to the RSPCA to support a Pets in Crisis program to help the victims of family and domestic violence look after their pets. The funding will help set up a foster care-like situation where the family pet is cared for while domestic violence victims rebuild their lives.
Services working with victims of family and domestic violence identified a lack of safe accommodation options for family pets, in some cases resulting in victims being reluctant to move to safe accommodation.
The program will have the capacity to help up to 30 families and their pets at any one time, and will provide services across the metropolitan area.
“The Pets in Crisis program will help make it easier for victims of family and domestic violence to safely house their pets away from perpetrators,” said Domestic Violence Minister Simone McGurk.
“As a dog owner myself, I can understand how victims of family and domestic violence may not want to leave their home because they also fear for the safety of their beloved family pet.
“The program will give victims peace of mind knowing that their pet will be okay and they can focus on securing their own safe accommodation.”
Maylands MLA Lisa Baker, who helped make this program happen, stated that some perpetrators of family and domestic violence use threats of torture and cruelty to family pets to control victims.
“I have met courageous women who have shared personal stories that document this link.
“The McGowan Government is working hard to provide a safe pathway for people seeking to escape family and domestic violence, often with their children and family pets.”
For more information about this program, click here.
The Women’s and Men’s Domestic Violence helplines operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week and provide information, support and counselling.
•Women’s Domestic Violence Helpline: 1800 007 339 (free call); and
•Men’s Domestic Violence Helpline: 1800 000 599 (free call).