Help for pets caught in a crisis
THE breakdown of a family can often leaves children in limbo over where and with whom they choose live.
The same goes for family pets.
When the family home becomes a violent place to reside, many feel they cannot leave the situation in fear of their pet's welfare.
Crime-prevention officer Constable Wendy Tamblyn said sometimes the family pet could be tortured or beaten to force the other partner into staying in the relationship.
"The family pet can also become subjected to domestic violence through abuse or be the reason a person won't leave a relationship," Const Tamblyn said.
She said the RSPCA was a good first port of call in this situation.
"The RSPCA have joined forces with DV Connect and developed the Pets in Crisis program."
Pets in Crisis caters for women who wish to flee an abusive home and finds accommodation for their pet.
Phone Women's DV Line for more information.
Non-urgent, Warwick Police: 4660 4444
Non-urgent, Policelink: 131 444
Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000
Women's DV Line: 1800 811 811