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The Issue

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Domestic Violence & Pets

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 as few as 10 percent of domestic violence shelters accept pets. In addition, over 70% 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 of victims choose to stay in abusive situations rather than leave their pet behind. 

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Why We Need the Purple Leash Project

For victims 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.

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1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men experience domestic abuse in their lifetime. 

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As few as 10% of domestic violence shelters accept pets.

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Nearly half of all victims delay leaving because they don’t want to leave their pet. 

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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 AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS

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.

For the Purple Leash Project, the purple leash serves as a visible symbol of the invisible struggle domestic violence victims and their pets endure, as well as the unbreakable bond between pets and their owners.

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DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SURVIVOR STORIES

See how the Purple Leash Project is helping to provide pet-friendly shelter for domestic violence survivors and their family pets. 

Resources
RESOURCES

Find resources for victims of domestic violence and their pets, veterinarians, domestic violence shelters and advocates. 

HELP US HELP DOMESTIC VIOLENCE VICTIMS AND THEIR PETS ESCAPE AND HEAL TOGETHER.