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Services Empowering Rights of Victims (SERV) offers a variety of services to those experiencing domestic violence. SERV advocates for pets, too! Sadly, pets can be targeted in the cycle of violence because they are vulnerable, they have a forgiving nature, and they cannot communicate abuse to others. Because pets are so loved by their families, they can also be used to manipulate survivors of domestic violence or in coercive strategies to gain the loyalties of children.
Did you know...?
- Only 12% of domestic violence programs offer pet-centered advocacy support, shelter options, etc.
- 71% of survivors entering safehousing nationwide have reported that their perpetrator has harmed or threatened to harm a pet.
- 65% of survivors reported that they had fears regarding a pet’s safety upon leaving the relationship.
- 52% of survivors nationwide reported that pets were left with perpetrators when they fled.
- For more information, check out this article from the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
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Do you love supporting pets? Are you passionate about empowering survivors? If so, volunteering directly with our pet advocacy project may be perfect for you! We are looking for volunteers interested in helping to transport pets to boarding facilities, veterinarians, or foster homes. However, that's not the only way to volunteer. We can also use assistance with fundraising, collecting supply donations, and more. If you want to help, click the link below to submit an interest form. If you have questions, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and our team will be happy to give you more information.
If you want to learn more about empowering survivors and pets impacted by domestic violence, contact SERV to join the Pet Advocacy Workgroup (PAW). PAW is a coalition comprised of SERV advocates, community members, and pet professionals in South Jersey. The group meets regularly and focuses on supporting animals in need. Members of this group will spread awareness about violence involving pets and educate the community on the resources that are available to them. Specific member roles include:
- Assist in the development of community outreach activities
- Participate in public awareness presentations and outreach
- Promote PAW at community meetings and events
- Gather and relay information about outside resources
- Attend and participate in meetings on a regular basis
Check the SERV event calendar for details on upcoming PAW meetings. Your time can make a difference in the lives of animals and the people who love them. Send an email to email@example.com to join PAW.
Our staff conducts free trainings for local service providers, law enforcement, community groups, and health care organizations to help people recognize the signs of domestic violence and work together in prevention efforts. To request a training for your organization or school, call 1-866-295-SERV (7378) or 1-800-225-0196 or complete the Presentation Request Form.