The Provincial Association of Transition Houses and Services of Saskatchewan (PATHS) and the Saskatchewan SPCA are conducting research on the connection between animal ownership and animal safekeeping and domestic violence/abuse.
The study aims to add to the present body of knowledge on:
• experiences of people who have experienced intimate partner violence and concurrent animal maltreatment or animal safekeeping concerns;
• experiences people in both urban and rural Saskatchewan;
• experiences of people who care for companion animals, livestock, or service animals;
• awareness of the link between intimate partner violence and animal maltreatment animal welfare and domestic violence service providers; and
• input into ways to improve service delivery around animal safekeeping in situations of violence/abuse.
Online surveys are for: people who have owned pets, livestock, or service animals and have experienced violence or abuse from an intimate partner; domestic violence service providers; animal service providers; and the public. Researchers are also conducting confidential telephone interviews with people who have experienced violence/abuse and owned animals.
The study launched at the beginning of January 2020 and data collection will continue until March 31.