Did you know? You can get Protection Orders for your pets.
In my previous blog, we mentioned the fact that 71% of perpetrators of domestic violence use threat of harm, actual harm and in some cases actually kill the family pets as a means of controlling their human victims.
Hi again, it's me, Milly the Mooch,
aka @moochalada, aka the 'Littlest dog who could',
donning my wonder-cape for...
Pet to the Rescuuuuue!
All levity aside, this is a most serious subject.
It's pretty hard for a little dog like me, who lives in a peaceful and safe environment with someone who takes care of my every need, to have to speak about the terrible things that happen to pets in domestic violence.
But I definitely need to speak about it!
Everywhere we've been on this campaign, people are constantly surprised to learn about this very significant component of domestic violence.
So I'm standing up tall, on all four of my 6" legs,
to ask you to learn about this, and be ready to help those in need;
to find the solutions to getting their animals to safety,
so they too can get out of a violent situation.
I am not talking about this to be sensational.
As appalling as this unbelievably high number of 71% is,
(an agreed statistic across most of the major platforms Against Domestic Violence - though some say up to 76%)
this kind of manipulation tactic is a very common way for violators
to ensure the silence and collusion of their victims,
to keep the abuse a secret.
Most heart-wrenching of all,
this is often the way that an adult perpetrator may hold control over
the children, who witness/experience violence, to keep them silent.
"If you say ANYTHING, I will kill your pet"
Temporary Restraining Orders (TRO)
Thankfully, since 2005 there have been legislative changes all over America that make it possible to have pets added to the TRO.
TROs can provide temporary care of children or possession of property, and they can, in most states, also include pets within the protection order.
In November 2014, the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) began publishing state manuals designed to enable lawyers and advocates to further assist domestic violence survivors by getting their companion animals included on protection orders.
If you know anyone who is in a violent situation where they fear for their pet’s safety, please help them to connect to this resource.
Help us to spread the word.
Join me, Milly the Mooch, the ‘Littlest dog who could’ and join forces with the Seattle Mariners to raise money and awareness for the Refuse to Abuse 5K
Let’s work together to change the dynamics of Abuse -
which begins with education.
Support your state’s Coalition Against Domestic Violence
and together we can fund the programs that educate children and teens to
Choose Respect -
Everyone deserves a healthy relationship.
You can raise awareness and help get pets & their people to safety.
Share these blogs, and together we can get these messages out into the social media sphere, and together we can reach those 56% of people in violent situations who choose to remain because they cannot leave their pets behind.
Together we can help people connect to the services that can get them,
and their pets, to safety.
Do you live in the Seattle area?
Come and run/walk the 5K with us!
Is this article below too controversial? How important do you think it is to show the reality, vs scaring people by punching too far outside their comfort zone?