About Domestic Violence

What is domestic violence?

Domestic violence is a pattern of coercive, controlling behavior that can include physical abuse, emotional or psychological abuse, sexual abuse or financial abuse (using money and financial tools to exert control).

Domestic abuse is not limited to just women, either. According to a 2010 survey by the CDC, one in four adult men in the U.S. will become a victim of domestic violence during his lifetime. That's upwards of three million male domestic violence victims every year, or one man in America abused by an intimate or domestic partner every 37.8 seconds.

Abusers work very hard to keep victims in relationships. There is a real fear of death or more abuse if they leave. Victims stay because they are made to think they cannot survive on their own, financially or otherwise. Often abusers create a financial situation that makes leaving nearly impossible.

does domestic violence affect family pets?

Yes, domestic violence does affect family pets. Pets can not only be physically and emotionally abused, but they can be abused through neglect. Sometimes abuse occurs to pets by family members who are victims of abuse themselves and they transfer the violence on to another target, the family pet.

  • Up to 48% of abuse victims delay leaving abusive situations for fear of what might happen to their pets.
  • 71% of domestic abuse victims report that their abusers also targeted their animals.
  • Children exposed to domestic violence are three times more likely to be cruel to their animals.
  • 32% of domestic abuse victims reported their children had hurt or killed animals.
  • Abusers kill, maim or threaten children's pets by coercing them into sexual abuse or by forcing them to remain silent about the abuse. Disturbed children kill or harm animals to emulate their parents' behavior, to prevent the abuser from killing the pet or to take out their aggressions on another victim.

About Noah's Rest

WHAT IS THE cost OF THE SERVICES?

All animal care services are offered at no cost to domestic abuse victims.

What GEOGRAPHICAL areas ARE serveD?

Through our partnerships, we help victims across the Northeastern IL and Southeastern WI areas for a period of 45-60 days.

WHAT PETS CAN BE shelterED?

We will accept any animal that our pet care facilities can keep for a period of 45-60 days, after which time, Noah's Rest will reunite owners with their pets. This includes cats, dogs, birds, horses, reptiles and other mammals. For more details, please contact us at 847-764-6624 or info@noahsrest.org.

What IF I NEED LONGER THAN 60 DAYS TO SECURE A NEW HOME? WHAT HAPPENS TO MY PETS?

Every situation is unique and will be evaluated for longer or shorter stays throughout the custody period.

I know of an animal being abused. Whom can I call?

Please contact our local partner - Lake County Animal Care and Control:
     18736 W. Peterson Rd.
     Libertyville, IL 60048
     Phone: 847-377-4700
     Fax: 847-984-5696
...or the local animal control agency in your county. 

Can I volunteer to host a pet?

At this time, animals are cared for at licensed pet care facilities.

How can I help?

You can help greatly by donating to Noah's Rest. Your donations help us connect with more victims that are suffering in our local communities and to cover the costs of arranging temporary shelter for their pets.