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The direct forms of animal abuse are hands-on assaults from which the animal victim may receive bodily harm. These are physical, aggressive actions. Examples include pushing, slapping, kicking, striking with an object, and sexual assault. These are done to let the human victim know the capabilities of the abuser and what may be in store if the human victim does not conform to the wishes of the abuser.
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www.sojournertruthhouse.org
SPRING 2008
Preventing domestic violence
Promoting domestic respect
our mission>
Shelter
We provide shelter, safety, support, education
and advocacy to break the cycle of family
violence because domestic respect is
the right of every woman, man and child.
our vision>
Sojourner Truth House is a leader in the
community effort that offers every victim of
domestic violence access to effective and
complete programs required to achieve
a life free of violence.
Who was Sojourner Truth?
Our name is a tribute to “Belle,” a woman
born into slavery in 1797. She was sold
away from her parents when she was four,
passed on from one indifferent owner to
another, then separated from
her five children. In 1843 she
animal
walked onto the pages of
American history when she
became Sojourner — God’s
abuse
pilgrim. A second name —
Truth — came to her “in a
voice as true as God’s is true.” Sojourner
Truth traveled widely speaking about slavery
and women’s rights and working to preserve
and the Victims of Domestic Violence
the dignity of all people.
About Sojourner Truth House…
Dedicated to the prevention and
elimination of family violence, Sojourner
Domestic violence, or spousal abuse or
Truth House helps women seek alternatives
partner abuse, is usually described as
to violence by offering a safe haven —
any physical or psychological harm
temporary shelter, support, and counseling.
experienced by one person from another
Sojourner Truth House also provides
with whom an intimate relationship is
advocacy services in the Milwaukee County
shared. An increasing number of agencies
District Attorney’s office for victims of
domestic violence, Job Readiness Training
are beginning to recognize that this
and supportive services through Belle
violence often encompasses the physical
Adapted from
Resource Center, and Batterers Anonymous-
Child Abuse, Domestic Violence,
and emotional abuse of children and
Beyond Abuse, a program designed to help
and Animal Abuse: Linking the
household pets.
abusers come to peace with themselves and
Circles of Compassion for
Providing adequate, and sometimes
others.
Prevention and Intervention
life-saving, assistance for the victims
Edited by
If you need help, or know someone who
FRANK R. ASCIONE and PHIL ARKOW
of domestic violence is the goal of
does, don’t wait! Call 414-933-2722
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animal abuse
C O N T I N U E D F R O M P A G E O N E
of the many dynamics of abuse. The
protect animals date back to 1641 (Animal
effects of domestic violence are amplified
Welfare Institute 1990) and the first child
when animals are being abused,
abuse laws were passed in 1875 in New
particularly with the knowledge of, or in
York State, today it is widely believed that
front of, the children. For many victims,
child abuse and animal abuse are
the first opportunity to tell their story in
drastically underreported. A growing
a safe and understanding environment
number of professionals are becoming
comes when they seek help and refuge at
aware of, and documenting, this
a domestic violence prevention
relationship of abuse involving animals
organization. As their story unfolds, many
I am
and children within the domestic violence
victims reveal abuse of animals as part of
context.
concerned
their histories. Victims and the
The direct forms of animal abuse are
professionals who work with them may
about your
hands-on assaults from which the animal
be unaware of the importance animal
victim may receive bodily harm. These
safety.
abuse has in the abuse scenario.
are physical, aggressive actions. Examples
Domestic violence professionals
include pushing, slapping, kicking,
throughout the United States hear similar
striking with an object, and sexual assault.
stories of abuse to animals and children
These are done to let the human victim
as part of the power and control dynamics.
know the capabilities of the abuser and
The composite of behaviors, violence
what may be in store if the human victim
toward animals and children, has been
does not conform to the wishes of the
recognized within the domestic violence
abuser. Control, intimidation, or retaliation
scenario only within the last couple of
are the goals intended. Certainly, this form
decades. Although American laws to
of abuse has a profound effect if carried out
in front of or with the knowledge of the
children. It will also have a similar effect
on the family pet.
Children and animals in a household
have special relationships and they are
profoundly affected by the abuse they
experience and witness. The physical
and behavioral indicators of abuse and
neglect may apply to both children and
animal victims. These similarities are
striking, and include

? risk of being injured by the abuser;
? unexplained bruises, welts,
fractures, or lacerations;
? changes in behavior such as
relapses in training, regressive
behavior;

? failure to thrive, withdrawal,
and passivity;
? hostility and aggressiveness
toward humans and animals;
? fear or distrust of the abuser or
others similar to that person; and
? running away from home.
Children are at risk
of repeating the abuse
Control, intimidation, or
they experienced.
retaliation are the goals intended.
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envisioning
You are not alone.
a link
Adults in counseling have told of lifelong
anguish over cruelties they witnessed as
children against pets they loved. Abusers
often terrorize family members and
maintain control over the family by
threatening or torturing animals.
One
woman knew her abuser was serious after
he killed her prize horse.
Batterers can turn memories into
powerful symbols and use them to buttress
their control. More than once, callers to
a domestic violence hotline decided not to
come to the shelter for fear of what might
be done to their pets while they were away.
Batterers often punish their escaping
families by destroying any treasures left

? “You’re not alone. You can call the
behind—shredding photos, cutting
domestic violence hotline at any
clothes, killing pets. One shelter resident
time to discuss what’s happening.”
went home to feed her cats only to be
The national hotline at 1-800-799-
beaten and hospitalized by her batterer,
SAFE (7233) will provide local
who had waited, knowing she would not
numbers.
abandon the animals.
Simply encouraging a victim to go to a
Animal control officers, veterinarians,
shelter is not enough. A battered woman
child protection workers and volunteers
and her children need to work out a safety
in those fields are in an ideal position to
plan with the shelter hotline. They need
pick up clues to woman and child abuse
a support system of people they can trust.
if they are trained to see the signs. Battered
That’s why the most important step is not
women may seek help for abused animals
to call the police when there is not
before they acknowledge that they
immediate emergency, but to build a
themselves are becoming victims.
supportive, affirming relationship with
Veterinarians and their staff need to
the victims. Cross-training is important for
recognize the signs of domestic violence.
You don’t
shelter staff, who can gain important
They need to know, just as nurses and
information during an intake interview
deserve
doctors do, that they should develop a
by asking whether new guests have
to be
supportive relationship with the victim. It
witnessed animal abuse or are worried
helps if posters about domestic violence
about their pets. Staff can alert humane
treated
with hotline numbers are visible in waiting
and animal control officers to rescue the
like this.
rooms and rest room stalls. Professionals
pets and get them to safe foster care.
who care for animals can establish an
Officers on site may even find evidence to
office protocol that family abuse is taken
arrest the abuser. Shelter support groups
seriously and kept confidential by the
are a good place to discuss animal abuse
staff. Their demeanor will show an
as a warning sign of a potential batterer.
emotionally or physically battered woman
Animal trainers also may provide a
that she is not stupid or worthless, as her
valuable service. Working with shelter
abuser tells her. These professionals can
staff, they may be able to develop
help by documenting evidence of abuse
responsible guard dog programs for
including verbatim conversations and
women being stalked or threatened.
photographs, then being willing to testify
in court.
These are important messages to
O R D E R I N G I N F O R M AT I O N
communicate to suspected victims:
Order any Purdue University Press title
? “I am concerned about your safety.”
via the following methods:
? “You don’t deserve to be treated this
Telephone: 1-800-247-6553
way.”
Online: www.thepress.purdue.edu
Email: order@bookmasters.com
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Shelter
Shelter is published by SOJOURNER TRUTH HOUSE, INC.
Editor: BEA BOURGEOIS
Design and production: BRADLEY JORGENSEN
SOJOURNER TRUTH HOUSE operates a shelter
for battered women and their children,
Belle Resource Center for Women & Children, and
Batterers Anonymous-Beyond Abuse, a program
of support and education for men and women.
Shelter: 414-933-2 722
You are not alone.
Administration: 414-643-1777
Fax: 414-643-1790
Belle Resource Center: 414-344-4466
Batterers Anonymous-Beyond Abuse: 414-643-4799
Domestic Abuse Victim Advocates at the
District Attorney’s office: 414-278-4978
Website: www.sojournertruthhouse.org
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Douglas J. Leonhardt, S.J. .......... President
Vivian King ................................ Vice-President
Rev. Dr. D. Scott Stoner............... Vice-President
Cynthia A. Rooks........................ Treasurer
Rebecca Wickhem House ........... Secretary
Kent Lovern ................................ Past President
Anne Brower
Capt. Debra Davidoski
Suzanne Dorszynski
Curry First
Alice Hanson-Drew
Rhonda Matthews
Dianne Ostrowski
Judith D. Shane
Betsy Brown Wyatt
If you are in an abusive
Michael S. Zimmer, Jr.
Angela Mancuso ............... Executive Director
relationship and need help, call
SOJOURNER TRUTH HOUSE does not permit discrimination
because of race, color, sex, age, handicap, or national origin,
and is an equal opportunity employer.
Sojourner Truth House
This project is funded in part through a
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414-933-2722
Development Block Grant Funds.
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