Did you know that in households experiencing domestic violence and abuse, there is a high risk of animal abuse. Studies have shown that over 50 per cent of persons entering a refuge to escape domestic violence reported their animals were harmed.
Some companion animal owners won't leave an abusive situation for fear of what might happen to their animals. It is an issue that impacts the wellbeing of humans and animals.
@sydneyanimalhospitals Inner West had a visit from Ingrid and Peter, local Domestic Violence Liaison Officers who gave us some insights on how they can help.
Anyone concerned about safety of their animals, they can reach out to the @rspcansw Safe Beds for Pets program https://www.rspcansw.org.au/what-we-do/working-in-communities/community-domestic-violence-program/
If you ever have concerns about abuse or violence to yourself or an animal, the Domestic Violence Liaison Officers are there to help, go to http://www.domesticviolence.nsw.gov.au/get-help/police
So this is Ella - mama's little girl! She spends every evening sitting on these steps watching and waiting for me to go up to bed. There isn't a night we don't cuddle and snuggle up in the covers. And while she may wake me almost every 2 hours with a lick on the nose or a bunk on the head I wouldn't have it any other way. 💕