BKPUR Mission on Violence

  • Educate abuse victims of  options and resources available to them and their pets
  • Provide safe shelters with housing for family pets of abuse victims
  • Provide temporary homes for pets while victims get back on their feet
  • Educate the public on the link between animal abuse & Violent Crimes
  • Educate children on how to respect an animal

71% of pet-owning women entering women’s shelters reported that their batterer had injured, maimed, killed or threatened family pets for revenge or to psychologically control them; 32% reported their children had hurt or killed animals. [1]
68% of battered women reported violence towards their animals. 87% of these incidents occurred in the presence of the women, and 75% in the presence of the children, to psychologically control and coerce them. [2]
13% of intentional animal abuse cases involve domestic violence. [3]
Between 25% and 40% of battered women are unable to escape abusive situations because they worry about what will happen to their pets, should they leave. [4,5,6]
Pets may suffer unexplained injuries, health problems, permanent disabilities such as the dog at right with a broken jaw and disfigured by being yanked off the ground by his collar and kicked at the hands of abusers, or disappear from home. [7]
Abusers kill, harm, or threaten children’s pets to coerce them into sexual abuse or to force them to remain silent about abuse. Disturbed children kill or harm animals to emulate their parents’ conduct, to prevent the abuser from killing the pet, or to take out their aggressions on another victim. [8,9]
In one study, 70% of animal abusers also had records for other crimes. Domestic violence victims whose animals were abused saw the animal cruelty as one more violent episode in a long history of indiscriminate violence aimed at them and their vulnerability. [10]
Investigation of animal abuse is often the first point of social services intervention for a family in trouble. [4]
For many battered women, pets are sources of comfort providing strong emotional support: 98% of Americans consider pets to be companions or members of the family. [11]
Animal cruelty problems are people problems. When animals are abused, people are at risk. [12]

Link Between Animal Abuse & Domestic Violence