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Threatens My Pet: This is Abuse

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ThreatensMyPetAccording to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, 71% of pet owners entering domestic violence shelters report that their abuser had threatened, injured, or killed family pets.

Our pets are members of our family. People protect their pets as they would a family member. Pets may be used to manipulate a victim of abuse into doing what the abuser wants. A person may be coerced into staying with an abuser for the sake of the safety of their pets if they know or suspect that their abuse is capable of violence against an animal.

Victims of abuse may not be able to take their pets into shelter with them, and these pets often are left with the abuser as a result. This leads to increased anxiety and stress for the victim as they enter the shelter, not knowing whether their pet will be safe.

So what does threatening your pet look like?

Any action or behavior that causes you to fear for the safety and wellbeing of your pet.

It does not have to be an explicit, verbal threat of violence against your pets. This form of abuse can include jokes, miming actions, intimidating or egging-on your pets, encouraging your pets to be more violent, and more. If the behavior causes you to be hesitant about leaving your pets with them, or makes you feel like you have to keep this person happy so that they don’t harm your pets–

This is abuse.

There is help, and you are not alone.

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Jul 11

2022

WCA Mission Tour

Join us for a 35 minute virtual tour to learn about our mission of safety, healing and freedom through the stories of clients and the impact of our services. The WCA Mission Tour aims to inspire and educate about the complexities and realities of domestic abuse and sexual assault, both here in the Treasure Valley […]

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Jul 28

2022

WCA Mission Tour

Join us for a 35 minute virtual tour to learn about our mission of safety, healing and freedom through the stories of clients and the impact of our services. The WCA Mission Tour aims to inspire and educate about the complexities and realities of domestic abuse and sexual assault, both here in the Treasure Valley […]

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Oct 02

2022

SueB 5k 10k 2022

On October 2, 2022, we celebrate the 13th annual SueB 5k 10k at noon After two years of racing virtually, we invite you to join us IN PERSON to raise awareness about domestic abuse, while memorializing the life of an individual who has brought so many people together. The SueB 5k 10k provides a space […]

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Oct 12

2022

Witches Night Out at the Village

Mark your calendars for Witches Night Out on October 12, 2022 from 5 – 9 p.m. Wednesday, October 12 we will be celebrating Witches Night Out at The Village at Meridian, hosted by Meridian’s Centercal Properties and its marvelous merchants. Several sponsors help make the evening a resounding success, raising funds for the WCA’ clients’ […]

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Oct 28

2022

Healing Begins with Hope

WCA Healing Begins with Hope Virtual Outreach and Fundraising Event When: October 28, 2022 As the WCA celebrates 112 years of changing lives, we would like to invite our community to mark their calendars and save the date! The event will be an opportunity to learn more about the WCA’s mission of safety, healing and […]

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