Saturday, February 12, 2011

Domestic Abuse Resources

There was a recent call for help from an Orange County, CA, rescuer because a woman's husband was physically abusing her diabetic cat. Animal abuse often occurs concurrently with or precedes domestic abuse on the woman and her children, if any. A woman named Sherry who was touched by that situation put together this list of resources. Please let me know if you have additional links to add to this list.

**General Domestic Abuse Links**
--Provides easy-to-understand legal information and resources to women living with or escaping domestic violence or sexual assault.
Leaving Abuse--How to plan for a financially secure and emotionally stable future and how to safely leave an abusive relationship.
Women's Center of Southeastern Connecticut--Provides a discussion of how to protect the information on your computer from an abuser here. has a similar page here.
California Partnership to End Domestic Violence Links and Resources
**Pets Affected by Domestic Abuse**
The Humane Society of the United States' Online Directory of Safe Havens for Animals Programs to foster programs for pets of victims of domestic violence (not just dogs).
Paws for Courage--A nationwide network of shelters, foster homes, and transporters dedicated to giving domestic violence victims a greater chance of becoming survivors. The site includes numerous links, including to other sites that help domestic abuse victims with their pets.
Ontario (Canada) Veterinary Medical Association's SafePet Program--Assist women in leaving abusive partners by providing temporary housing and care for their pets.
Rancho Coastal (San Diego, CA) Humane Society's Animal Safehouse Program--Sheltering and vet care for pets, and guidance for survivors seeking pet friendly housing.
Oregon--Greenhill Humane Society in Eugene; Monika's House outside Portland (article here).
Wisconsin--SAAV Program in Dane County.

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