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Getting Help for Domestic Abuse — Military Protective Orders Can Include Pets

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Our pets provide us with great comfort, cuddles and company. They offer and inspire unconditional love. Unfortunately, that love between a family and pet may be used by an abusive partner to inflict emotional abuse, manipulate and control their partner.

A military protective order is the military version of a restraining order. Once a victim elects to make an unrestricted report of domestic abuse, a military commander can issue an MPO. Within the MPO form, the victim may request to include their pet in the protection order. There is space to include what threats or abuse have occurred toward a pet in addition to those made toward the victim.

Another resource available is the National Domestic Violence Hotline. A trained advocate is available to speak with anyone in need of support 24/7. Call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 800-799-7233 to report animal and intimate partner abuse. Individuals may access support for:

  • Crisis intervention
  • Safety planning so they and their pet can remain safe
  • Referrals to local service providers

If you find yourself or someone you know in immediate danger, call 911.

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