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. 89% of women in violent situations report abuse of pets by their domestic partner. More than 50% of those women will not leave a pet behind. A third of them will return to the abuser over concern for their pets. The Ontario Association of Interval & Transition Houses have published a list of the pet services offered in Ontario women’s shelters.
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