Did you know that 71% of pet-owning women entering shelters reported that their batterer had injured, maimed, killed or threatened family pets for revenge or to psychologically control victims? Or that between 25 and 40% of battered women are unable to escape abusive situations because they worry about what will happen to their pets or livestock if they leave?
In observance of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Fairfax County Police Departmentâ€™s Victim Services Section is sponsoring its annual 5-K walk created to raise awareness of issues surrounding domestic violence. This tradition remembers those that have been victimized by domestic abuse and celebrates those that have survived, with a public reminder that pets are not immune to domestic violence.
Batterers often threaten, injure, maim, or kill their partnersâ€™ pets for the purpose of revenge or control within relationships.
Â The Krawl
The Krawl is FREE and all are welcome. Bring your dog or borrow one from a friend, although walkers are not required to have a canine companion to participate.
Join members of the Fairfax County Police Department, including Kodi for an FCPD K-9 demonstration, for this special event that includes a D.J., goodie bags, and domestic violence resource tables.Â The first 100 people to register get FREE t-shirts.
When: Saturday, October 15; check-in at 8:30 a.m., demonstration of FCPD K-9; 8:45 and walk at 9 a.m.
Where: Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government CenterÂ Parkway, Fairfax, VA 22035Â (parking lot C)
Call 703-814-7009 to register.