A new dual legislation signed last month extends the existing federal protection measures for domestic survivors' domestic violence.

US Senator Gary Peters recently stopped at Pontiac's Port Women's shelter to discuss the Law on Pets and Women's Safety (PAWS). The shelter opened his Farber Family Pet Center in 2017 so that survivors can stay close to their pets during their stay in Haven and take away the fear of violence against them if they stay behind with a violent partner.

The law adds protections for the survivors' animals, including threats or acts of violence against the pet, and will help to provide additional resources to shelters across the country to open facilities similar to those of Port, reported the Oakland Press .

"A person who has a pet at home, that pet can be used as a weapon against them It is absolutely unacceptable that someone feels trapped (out of fear for the safety of his pet). This should become a model for shelters around the world land, "said Peters.

Peters also mentioned the strong correlation found in studies between people who are violent against animals and ultimately that violence changes on other people or partners.

On average, survivors of domestic violence two years longer together with an abuse partner because of the fear of violence against their pets, studies show.

Tracy Thompson, a survivor of domestic violence, said she wanted something like the animal center when she left her ex-husband. During her escape, she took her cat Sable with her.

"I knew the type of person he was, he might have killed her, so it's so important to locate places like this in Haven," Thompson said. "Keeping pets with them always makes it so much easier for survivors to make a decision My cat lived a happy life for 16 years, instead of being tortured and used as a threat to me to make sure that I come back. "

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Information from: The Oakland Press, http://www.theoaklandpress.com

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