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Global News: Victims of intimate-partner violence who own pets and farm animals face barrier: study

A new study in Saskatchewan looks at the barriers to escaping intimate-partner violence (IPV) for both pet and farm animal owners.

Researcher Crystal Giesbrecht conducted four online surveys in the winter of 2020. The study heard from IPV victims and survivors who own pets and/or livestock, the general public, animal welfare professionals and human service professionals.

“We wanted to find out what’s happening when someone owns animals, whether it’s livestock and farm animals or companion animals, and they experienced (IPV),” she said.

“What barriers they might be experiencing in terms of ending the relationship, leaving and seeking safe housing?”

The director of research and communications for the Provincial Association of Transition Houses and Services of Saskatchewan (PATHS) said the findings showed a number of key themes.

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