Forgotten victims of domestic abuse
THE nation has found itself gripped by the depiction of domestic abuse in The Archers, a storyline that has just reached a dramatic conclusion.
Here at Dogs Trust we commend the script writers for highlighting a much ignored issue.
Dogs Trust has first-hand experience of domestic abuse, having run the Freedom Project for the past 12 years, an initiative that supports people with pets who struggle to leave an abusive relationship.
Research has shown that people are more likely to stay with a violent partner if they have a pet, as they fear their partner will harm their pet if they were to leave.
The dedicated Freedom team helps families fleeing domestic abuse by placing their dog in temporary foster care, giving them the freedom to leave, safe in the knowledge that once they are settled and safe, they will be reunited with their much loved pet.
The Dogs Trust Freedom Project has just helped its 1,000th family, but we rely heavily on volunteers to foster these dogs.
If you have found yourself touched by The Archers storyline and feel compelled to help people experiencing domestic violence, please consider registering as a Freedom Project foster carer or making a donation today.
If you are a person affected by domestic abuse and you are afraid that your pet is also in danger, you can contact Dogs Trust for advice and support by emailing email@example.com or calling 0800 298 9199. The Freedom Project currently operates across Yorkshire and Greater London.
CLARE KIVLEHAN Dogs Trust Freedom Project Manager