Domestic violence statistics show that an estimated one in three women and one in four men experience some form of domestic abuse in their lifetimes, but only 15 percent of domestic violence shelters accept pets. In addition, over 70 percent of women in domestic violence shelters report their abuser threatened, injured or killed a pet as a means of control. As a result, nearly half (48%) of domestic abuse survivors delay leaving because they can't take their pets with them.
For survivors of domestic violence, pets are family members who provide vital, unconditional love and support. See why the decision to escape can be even more difficult when a beloved pet might be left behind.
1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men experience domestic abuse in their lifetime.
Only 17 percent of domestic violence shelters accept pets.
48% of domestic abuse survivors delay leaving because they can’t take their pets with them.
Over 70% of women in domestic violence shelters report their abuser threatened, injured, or killed a pet as a means of control.
The color purple represents domestic violence awareness. During October, which is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, a purple ribbon is used to show symbolic support of domestic violence survivors. People are also encouraged to wear purple on Purple Thursday, October 20, 2022.
For the Purple Leash Project, the purple leash serves as a symbol of the invisible struggle domestic violence survivors and their pets endure, as well as the unbreakable bond between pets and their people.
For 12 years, May Luv was a huge part of my family. On my good days and tough ones, she offered me unconditional love. The thought of survivors of domestic violence forced to leave pets behind because shelters are not equipped to take them in is a heartbreaking reality that is not talked about enough. I’ve joined Purina and RedRover in the Purple Leash Project to make sure pets and their owners are able to stick together by helping domestic shelters become pet-friendly.
—Tamron Hall, Executive Producer & Emmy Award Winning Host of The Tamron Hall Show
See how the Purple Leash Project is helping to provide pet-friendly shelters for domestic violence survivors and their family pets.
Find resources for victims of domestic violence and their pets, veterinarians, domestic violence shelters and advocates.
Help us increase the number of pet-friendly domestic violence shelters nationwide.