One in four women will experience some form of domestic or intimate partner violence in their lifetime. In a recent survey of women in a domestic violence shelter in Ohio, 42.5% reported an abusive partner harming or threatening to harm a pet. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, 25% to 45% of battered women stated that their pet was a barrier to them leaving an abusive situation, as they could not take their pet with them to a domestic violence shelter.
The CIA team works with domestic violence survivors to provide options for a safe escape from dangerous situations. The CIA team can provide connections to co-sheltering at a domestic violence shelter, as well as temporary board and foster care for pets of domestic violence survivors. Working in conjunction with domestic violence programs and legal advocacy groups, the team links the survivor to other resources and addresses the needs of the animals involved.
The CIA team also conducts outreach to domestic violence programs and advocacy groups to educate them on the link between family violence and animal abuse.