A 2007 summary of available research, published in the journal Violence Against Women, found that in the dozen or so shelters in the country that collect data on the issue, between 18 and 48 percent of women said they had delayed leaving their abusers because it meant leaving their pets. In one study conducted in upstate New York, researchers found that among women who had seen their pets abused, 65 percent had put off seeking help. Presumably, many others with pets never leave home at all.Via The Pacific Standard
This quote brings up a conundrum on how best to assist victims of domestic violence. If you are going to get victims of domestic violence to go to a shelter, you are going to have to be seen as a welcoming place. For many, that means welcoming their cherished pet.