I’m Darby, FCADV's new mascot and I'm on a mission to raise awareness about domestic violence and the interconnection of animal abuse. Even though I'm still a puppy, I want to make a difference in the lives of domestic violence survivors, their children and their pets. So, FCADV and I have teamed up to launch Darby Against Domestic Violence.
I know not every pet or household is as safe and loving as mine, so my online journey will increase awareness about the services and programs offered by FCADV and Florida’s 42 certified domestic violence centers while providing the opportunity to increase the necessary resources to combat this hideous crime.
My mission to educate others about the impact of domestic violence is extremely important, but we will have some lighter moments along the way. I'll be sharing photos, messages and details about my daily life as a dog fighting against domestic violence on my social media pages found on Facebook here and Twitter here.
I want this journey to be a team effort between me and all my animal friends and their people! Please join me by clicking the like button on my Facebook page, following me on Twitter and sharing your own photos and messages!! Dog people, cat people, horse people – all animals are welcome. We golden retrievers love everyone!
I take my work to end domestic violence very seriously and we need your help! While several of Florida's domestic violence centers have kennels and partnerships with local vets, FCADV embodies a goal to help generate funds to supplement these efforts and ensure all survivors have the ability to flee a violent home with their animal companions.
I want to encourage all pet owners to reach out to me directly with challenges or charitable giving ideas by emailing Darby@fcadv.org.
For more information about how you can make a difference or to donate to the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence Foundation, visit http://www.fcadv.org/foundation/get-involved.
Domestic Violence and Animal Abuse Fast Facts:
While Darby's journey will have light moments, her mission is very serious.
- A woman is battered every 15 seconds in this country and each day an average of three victims will die at the hands of a current or former partner.
- In a one-year period in Florida, there were 187 deaths as a result of domestic violence, representing approximately 19 percent of all homicides in the state.
- The interconnection of domestic violence and animal abuse is documented through the American Humane Association, which reports that 71% of women entering emergency shelter reported that the abuser had injured, maimed, killed or threatened family pets for revenge or to psychologically control victims.
- Between 25% to 40% of battered women delay leaving abusive situations in fear for the safety of their animals.
Together we can end domestic violence.