Media Advisory: Research: Animal Ownership & Domestic Violence/Abuse

Updated: Mar 3, 2020

The Provincial Association of Transition Houses and Services of Saskatchewan (PATHS) and the Saskatchewan SPCA are conducting four online surveys for people in Saskatchewan on the connection between animal ownership and animal safekeeping and domestic violence/abuse.

Surveys are for: people who have owned pets, livestock, or service animals and have experienced violence or abuse from an intimate partner; domestic violence service providers; animal service providers; and the public.

We are also conducting confidential telephone interviews with people who have experienced violence/abuse and owned animals.

The study aims to add to the present body of knowledge on:

  • experiences of people who have experienced intimate partner violence and concurrent animal maltreatment or animal safekeeping concerns;

  • experiences people in both urban and rural Saskatchewan;

  • experiences of people who care for companion animals, livestock, or service animals;

  • awareness of the link between intimate partner violence and animal maltreatment animal welfare and domestic violence service providers; and

  • input into ways to improve service delivery around animal safekeeping in situations of violence/abuse.

The study launched at the beginning of January 2020 and data collection will continue until the spring.

When results from the study are available, we will look forward to sharing this information. At this time, we would like to speak to the media about the importance of the issue and the need for the research, with the goal of promoting the surveys and seeking participation from a diverse sample of Saskatchewan residents.

Learn more:

For interviews or more information about the project, please contact:

Crystal Giesbrecht, Director of Research and Communications

Provincial Association of Transition Houses and Services of Saskatchewan (PATHS)

Phone: (306) 522-3515 or (306) 522-3573

(PATHS is located in Regina)

For in-person interviews in Saskatoon, please contact:

Sandra Anderson, Program Director

Saskatchewan SPCA

Phone: 306-382-2419

(Saskatchewan SPCA is located in Saskatoon)