October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

by Kristen

DID YOU KNOW?

 
1/3 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men will experience domestic abuse in their lifetimes.

70+ %Over 70 percent of women in domestic violence shelters report their abuser threatened, injured or killed their pets as a means of control.

10% –  Although pets can help people heal from trauma, they can be a barrier to escaping abuse and getting help, because only 10 percent of domestic violence shelters in the U.S. accept both people and pets.

48% – As a result, nearly half of victims delay leaving their abuser because they don’t want to leave their pet behind.


Purina believes pets and people are better together. Escaping an abusive situation shouldn’t mean leaving a family member behind.

That’s why they’ve teamed up with RedRover to create the Purple Leash Project.


DID YOU KNOW?

 
Not only is there a critically low number of pet-friendly domestic violence shelters across the country, but several states don’t even have one pet-friendly shelter.

Purina’s first of many goals is to ensure there’s at least one pet-friendly domestic violence shelter in every state.

Purina has provided more than $500,000 to fund grants so domestic violence shelters can become pet friendly, thus increasing accessibility to victims escaping abuse with their pets.


HOW YOU CAN HELP

 
1. CREATE AWARENESS
Help raise awareness about the issue by sharing it on social media using #PurpleLeashProject.

2. STAY INFORMED
Visit PurpleLeashProject.com to sign up for their newsletter. You’ll learn more about ways to get involved, resources to help domestic abuse victims with pets and more.

3. DONATE
While you’re there, consider making a donation to the Purple Leash Project. Your donation will help transform existing domestic violence shelters into pet-friendly spaces so people and pets can escape abuse and heal together.

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