While landlords will still need to provide consent, they will only be able to refuse in certain circumstances.
“For as long as we continue to have that great sense of superiority and dominion over [animals], they’ll only ever be trivialised.”
When women know their pet will be safe it allows them to take care of themselves.
A domestic abuse counsellor says threats and attacks on pets are considered warning signs that an offender may commit even more serious acts of violence against a partner.
Relationships with pets have been shown to help survivors of domestic abuse recover from trauma.
The legislation also gives tenants experiencing domestic violence (DV) the right to end a lease with a week’s notice.
‘There is a growing understanding of how pets become pawns in the cycle of domestic violence.’
Throughout the pandemic domestic violence rates have skyrocketed… But animals are often left out of these conversations.
The love between pets and people can be a great source of support, particularly in the midst of a pandemic, an abusive relationship or both.
As researchers looking into the intersection of abuse against people and animals, we asked survivors of intimate partner violence in shelters across Canada about a normally pleasant topic: their pets.
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