Often the first target for physical violence in the home is the family dog or cat. The second target is the partner or child.
We know that the perpetrators of domestic violence also often control their victims by threatening, torturing, or killing the victim’s animals – in 2016, Victoria’s Royal Commission into Family Violence included many shocking stories from domestic violence victims who had witnessed partners and parents abuse and even kill companion animals.
Animals are domestic violence victims in their own right, with many experiencing the damaging emotional and psychological of domestic violence long after the violence has stopped.
Along with our members and supporters, we’re campaigning for better protection for animal and human victims of domestic violence, including improving services and shelters for victims, increasing penalties for animal cruelty, and ensuring stronger enforcement of animal protection laws.