Our Initiative for Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Rochelle PD K-9

What is PAWS for PEACE?

It's our initiative to spread awareness about the intersectionality between animal abuse, domestic abuse, and child abuse.

The National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) shared that $2 million was allocated to the Pet and Women Safety (PAWS) Act to support the capability of domestic violence shelters and communities to house survivors’ companion animals.

Does HOPE house pets of domestic abuse survivors who seek shelter?

The pets of domestic abuse survivors who stay at our emergency shelter are provided a safe space offsite through the help of a local animal shelter.

If you are fleeing a domestic abuse situation and you'd like to find shelters that provide or work with providers of safe havens to pets, you can use the Safe Havens search by the Animal Welfare Institute.

The Animal Welfare Institute has shared the following information:

  • Domestic violence, child abuse, and animal abuse frequently occur simultaneously in a family.
  • Multiple studies have found that from 49% to 71% of women who are abused reported that their pets had been threatened, harmed, and or killed by their partners.
  • Individuals who commit pet abuse are more likely to become batterers.

What can I do to help?

You can spread awareness by learning about and discussing this initiative with your friends and family. Post about it in social media throughout October.

You can make a one-time or a monthly donation to help us with our mission.

You can help us by choosing us as your preferred charity when shopping through Amazon Smile.

Photo credit: The first photo in this page is from the Rochelle PD K-9 unit. The other photos are from staff members who wanted to share their pet photos with us. Thank you for sharing your photos!