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County Executive Announces Domestic Violence Education & Prevention Workshop

October 17, 2018

Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy today announced an upcoming educational workshop that is open to the public entitled, “The Link,” that will explore the connection between domestic violence and pet abuse and how understanding this link can help prevent future tragedies.

The workshop is a partnership between County Executive McCoy, the Albany County Crime Victim and Sexual Violence Center and the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and will take place on Monday, October 22 from 9am to 2pm at the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society, 3 Oakland Avenue, Menands, NY 12204.

“In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we continue to find new ways to help those in abuse relationships and prevent these repugnant crimes from happening in the first place,” said County Executive McCoy. “We know that at least 49% of domestic violence victims sadly also have a pet that was hurt in some way by their partner, so this is a clear warning sign that can be used to help those in harm’s way.”

“Since the first observance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month in 1987, advocates and community agencies have used October as a time to bring attention to this very important topic,” said Albany County Crime Victim and Sexual Violence Center Director Karen Ziegler. “However, despite all the years that have passed most still to not understand all the ways an abuser will use to exhort power and control over their relationships and this workshop with give us greater insight.”

Studies have found that between 49% to 71% of abused women report that their pets have been threatened, harmed and/or killed by their partners and across various surveys, between 18% and 48% of women who have been abused delay leaving a dangerous situation out of concern for their pets’ safety, possibly continuing the cycle of violence.

Attendees of the workshop will be educated on the importance of these statistics and how the information can be used to recognize abusive relationships in order to get friends, family and loved ones the help they need.

Participants are asked to consider bringing a donation of wet or dry cat or dog food for the Humane Society’s Pet Food Pantry. The Society also has a safe housing program for pets belonging to those affected by domestic abuse.

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