Research being conducted into connection between animal ownership and domestic violence


The Provincial Association of Transition Houses and Services of Saskatchewan (PATHS) and the Saskatchewan SPCA are conducting research on the connection between animal ownership and animal safekeeping and domestic violence/abuse.

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The study aims to add to the present body of knowledge on:

• experiences of people who have experienced intimate partner violence and concurrent animal maltreatment or animal safekeeping concerns;

• experiences people in both urban and rural Saskatchewan;

• experiences of people who care for companion animals, livestock, or service animals;

• awareness of the link between intimate partner violence and animal maltreatment animal welfare and domestic violence service providers; and

• input into ways to improve service delivery around animal safekeeping in situations of violence/abuse.

Online surveys are for: people who have owned pets, livestock, or service animals and have experienced violence or abuse from an intimate partner; domestic violence service providers; animal service providers; and the public. Researchers are also conducting confidential telephone interviews with people who have experienced violence/abuse and owned animals.

The study launched at the beginning of January 2020 and data collection will continue until March 31.


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