• Pet Fostering Scheme in Essex WILL help victims of domestic violence – Domestic Violence Expert Tina Royles


    Fantastic news that Colchester in Essex are introducing a Pet Fostering Scheme aimed at helping victims of domestic violence leave their abusive relationships by helping to temporarily re-homed their beloved pets. What this scheme will do is provide a pivotal lifeline for victims of domestic violence – for so long victims of domestic violence have been in the position where they have had to choose whether to leave their abusive partner and leave their pet/s behind because of a lack of resources to accommodate such animals, and have had the knowledge that their partner might threaten to or actually carry out their threats to harm the pet/s if the victim leaves, or stays away.  The victim is often forced emotionally into a decision to stay with the abuser because they don’t want to leave their pet/s alone with their partner. 

    The emotional connection between the victim (and any children) and their pet/s is strong enough to bring about this dilemma which often some individuals cannot comprehend. 

    There have been many occasions as a former police officer specialising in domestic violence where the issue of pet/s have brought about real upset and trauma, and where possible we explored every possibility to accommodate such pet/s as to enable the victim to leave. 

    There have been orgaisations such as Paws for Kids which have been established for many years with the focus on pets of domestic violence victims; but sadly such organisations are very few and far between – so victims stay with their abusive partners.

    So for such a scheme to be introduced in Essex albeit only in Colchester this is fantastic news and will definitely make a difference for those victims that are fortunate to take up this much needed service.

    Police & Crime Commissioners take note – if you want to help enable domestic violence victims and their children to leave an abusive relationship – this is definitely a service that is needed in every locality – because the lack of it whether you understand the decision or not really does keep a victim and any children in a dangerous environment.

    Well done Essex.

    For more information on the Scheme see the following article: 



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    Connet with me: Google+ Tina Royles is the UKs leading expert in domestic violence offering Domestic Violence Counselling, Relationship Counselling and Anger as well as Stress Management Counselling. She is one of the UK’s most qualified and experienced domestic violence experts providing consultancy and advice to those who have suffered domestic violence, are currently in violent relationships or to friends and family of those affected. Tina provides the materials and tools to manage relationship difficulties and domestic violence through awareness and education and is regularly called upon by the national and local press to provide expert comments on high profile cases. Tina Royles

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