Pets of domestic violence victims in New South Wales (NSW) will now have larger safety from abuse beneath new legal guidelines, which states that companion animals might be even be protected when a home violence order is granted.
NSW Attorney-General and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence Mark Speakman stated the safety of pets will now be a situation of an Apprehended Domestic Violence Order (ADVO) after reforms handed parliament final November.
“Perpetrators often use animals to coerce or control victims, threatening to hurt or kill pets to keep them in a relationship or as punishment for leaving,” Speakman stated in an announcement on Monday.
“This cruelty and manipulation can leave victims terrified of the consequences for their beloved animals and can therefore delay or prevent them from leaving a violent situation. These reforms aim to help guard against this abhorrent form of abuse,” he stated.
Chief of Domestic Violence NSW Delia Donovan stated that perpetrators maintain pets hostage to realize management, with threats to kill or harm animals.
“These reforms are essential to improving the safety of people experiencing domestic violence, and we wholeheartedly support them,” Donovan stated.
RSPCA NSW CEO Steve Coleman stated that it was a long-delayed transfer from the state authorities and that animals in home violence conditions haven’t been given the popularity they deserved for too lengthy.
“We are pleased to see the changes and the opportunity for more services to be equipped to support people and help animals live free from violence and abuse,” Coleman stated.
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