Helping people and animals escape domestic abuse…
Animals are the silent victims of domestic abuse. They are threatened, yelled at, beaten, kicked an in some cases killed by the perpetrator as part of the pattern of coercive control.
Refuge4Pets provides an animal fostering service across Devon and Cornwall to victims-survivors of domestic abuse so that they can leave with their much-loved pets. Often individuals and families escaping domestic abuse are unable to take their animals with them, as most temporary accommodation does not allow pets. In many cases, this will stop people from leaving.
With domestic abuse being one of the most significant public health concerns that we experience in the UK, combined with the fact that there are animals in over half of all households, our animal fostering service is vital and in some cases will save lives.
As well as our animal fostering service we provide an outreach service to support victim-survivors to recover from abuse and form positive relationships in the community. We also provide training and support to a wide range of professionals to help them to understand the link between domestic abuse and animal abuse and how to promote the safety of all victim-survivors of domestic abuse – humans and animals.