Domestic Violence Resources

Research has shown there is a link between violence against humans and violence against animals/pets.

Over the last several years, there has been an increase in research dedicated to understanding “the link” between violence against humans and violence against animals and pets. (Check out this website for more information). What has been found is that there is a strong correlation between the two. This means that if there is one type of violence, there is a higher likelihood of the other occurring as well. This can be due to several reasons, but a specifically relevant reason is that perpetrators will use violence against animals as a threat or other means of harm to their victims. For us at VSC and in the veterinarian field at large, this means that if we see animal abuse or cruelty, we become concerned for the family of the owner. Below are some resources for anyone who may be experiencing domestic violence or is concerned for a loved one.

Domestic Violence Assistance

IL Domestic Violence Hotline – 877.863.6338

Text START to 88788

Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence – call 217.789.2830

National Hotline – 800.799.7233

National Coalition Against Domestic Violence

A Safe Place – 24-Hour Crisis Line: (847) 249-4450 or 1-800-600-SAFE or TTY: 847-249-6557

Sarah’s Inn – 708.386.4225 or text 708.669.6149

Wings Program – 847.221.5680

Pillars Community Health – 708.485.5254

On-Site & Off-Site Housing for People with Pets

Both of these organizations provide a database with search options of shelters that provide either on-site or off-site housing for pets for domestic violence survivors.

Safe Place for Pets 

A Safe Haven for Pets

Sexual Assault Assistance

Chicago Hotline – 888.293.2080

National Hotline – 800.656.4673

Pillars Community Health– 708.482.9600

Checklist

If you are considering leaving, prepare an overnight bag and keep it in a safe, but accessible place for you (and children if you have any). Include:

  • Clothes/food
  • Money, checkbook, bank cards, credit cards
  • Driver’s License/passport, social security cards, birth certificates
  • Public aid cards/green cars/visas/work permits
  • Orders of protection, marriage and/or divorce papers
  • Medications, medical records
  • Phone and keys
  • Insurance cards/paperwork
  • Address book

If you can beforehand, open a bank account and begin saving under your name. Get a PO box to have mail sent there. Consider getting an order of protection with the police. Keep pictures or other records of the abuse for when/if you report to the authorities. Anything that you can do privately to create or maintain separation can be helpful.

Finally, know that you are not alone. There is support for you one way or another. Feel free to research these organizations from a safe computer, maybe at a friend’s house or the library.

 

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