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A New Source of Help for DV Victims—and Their Pets

On December 20, 2018, the Pet and Women Safety (PAWS) Act became part of United States law. The PAWS Act helps agencies that provide “shelter and housing assistance and support services for domestic violence victims with pets” by distributing grants from the Department of Agriculture to fund those services.

The PAWS Act includes several helpful provisions for abused individuals who have pets.

What's in a Name Change?

After nearly 40 years as Shelter Our Sisters, we are now the Center for Hope and Safety. Why, you may ask?

 Good question! There are several important reasons:

Who Am I?

"The telling and hearing of stories is a bonding ritual that breaks through the illusions of separateness and activates a deep sense of our collective interdependence." -Annette Simmons

The notion that Domestic Violence is "not our business" runs deep within our culture and continues to marginalize survivors. The silencing of domestic violence is an epidemic that is cultivated and ingrained in a culture that marginalizes women and oftentimes men.

Okay, Okay, She Left; Now She’s Dead

I’m pretty sure that is not the outcome we wanted while we were all judging: “Why doesn’t she just leave? “ “What’s wrong with her?” “I would never put up with someone who hit me.” Or some equally dangerous and ignorant assessment.

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