Respondents still needed for research project

Respondents are still needed for a joint research project examining how animal ownership creates barriers for victims leaving violent situations. This research is being conducted by the Provincial Association of Transition Houses and Services of Saskatchewan (PATHS) and the Saskatchewan SPCA.

The public and individuals who have experienced violence/abuse and owned animals can take part in the research by completing a short online survey. Surveys are also available for workers in the human services and the animal welfare sectors. Victims may choose to share their experiences through a confidential telephone interview.

To complete the survey or take part in an interview, visit The closing date is March 31st.Respondents can enter for a chance to win a $200 prepaid credit card.

Saskatchewan has the unfortunate distinction of having the highest prevalence rate of violence and abuse within intimate partner relationships of all the Canadian provinces, explains Crystal Giesbrecht, the Director of Research and Communications at PATHS.

Domestic violence shelters and transition houses are available in some communities to provide shelter and counselling for the victims of violence. However, many other victims are not able to access safe shelter, and must remain in dangerous situations. There are a number of cultural, social, and practical barriers that impact access to domestic violence services – including ownership of animals.

“This research will not only assist the victims and their animals, but also have a positive impact on the health and safety of the community at large,” says Giesbrecht.

The research project is scheduled to be complete in the fall of 2020.

For further information about the surveys or the work being done to assist the victims of intimate partner and family violence who own animals, contact Crystal Giesbrecht at PATHS: 306.522.3515 or