The Fairfax County Police Department is raising awareness about domestic violence. On Saturday, October 18, 2014, they will be hosting the 8th Annual K-9 Krawl 5k at the Fairfax County Government Center. Walkers are encouraged to bring their K-9 companions to show support for domestic violence victims.
From the Fairfax County Police Department Blog:
The event was created to highlight the link between domestic violence and the link to animal cruelty. According to the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence, “The relationship that battered women and their children feel towards their pets complicates their willingness to leave a violent situation; if they do this would potentially put the lives of their pets at risk. Various studies show that approximately 20-48% of women have refused to leave their abusive situation because of their pet. Experts estimate that between 48-71% of domestic violence victims also have pets that have been abused or killed by their abusive partner. 70% of women in violent homes report that they have animals that are at risk of being abused as well. Abusive partners use the relationship that their victims have with their pets as a way to control and manipulate—victim’s often believe that the threat to harm their pet is likely to occur if they leave or don’t do what they are being told to by the abuser.”
Register for the walk at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/FCPD2014K9KRAWL.