“Animals are family members and they matter too. They deserve our protection.” -Pamela Wiseman, NMCADV Executive Director.
Studies show up to 65% of domestic violence victims delay leaving abusive relationships or don’t report their situations due to concern for their animals’ welfare. Most victims believe there is nowhere to go with their animals.
Batterers frequently use animal cruelty to demonstrate power and control over family members
To force submission and to remain silent about abuse
To coerce children into sexual abuse
To prevent the victim from leaving, or
To pressure the victim to return
In 2011, there were 21,368 victims of domestic violence incidents reported to New Mexico law enforcement agencies, but domestic violence remains one of the most underreported crimes.
Among the victims of domestic violence who have companion animals and reported to shelters, over 71 percent report that their abusers threatened, injured or killed the family pet(s).
However, most New Mexico domestic violence shelters cannot accommodate animals. A recent survey showed that seven (7) of 31 shelters can accommodate just a few companion animals.
In an effort to help solve the problem of domestic violence and animal abuse the NMCADV has partnered with Animal Protection of New Mexico (APNM). We are working together to expand the Companion Animal Rescue Effort (CARE).
Companion Animal Rescue Effort (CARE) is a network of safe havens for the animals of domestic violence victims in New Mexico. CARE empowers individuals to leave abusive home environments by providing temporary housing for companion animals, livestock and exotic animals. Temporary homes are provided through a network of government agencies and private agencies, veterinary clinics, groomers, boarding kennels and private individuals. Many of the safe havens within the New Mexico network are free of charge; others charge a nominal fee or operate on a sliding scale.
In January 2014, Laura Bonar of APNM, spoke on the link between animal abuse and domestic violence:
To learn more about CARE visit: http://www.apnm.org/programs/care/See what NMCADV and APNM are doing in support:
From National Coalition Against Domestic Violence:
From American Humane Association: