Strict strata bans on animals harm people escaping violence and discriminate against people with disability

According to research by Domestic Violence NSW, nearly 50% of domestic violence workers said victim-survivors have delayed leaving a perpetrator by more than a year because of the difficulties leaving with an animal, and Women’s Safety NSW say that accommodation is a primary barrier.

Last year I held a roundtable in Parliament on domestic violence and animal abuse where we spoke with survivors, domestic violence services, animal welfare groups and enforcement agencies. One thing was clear – accommodation barriers had to be removed. Emergency housing is nearly impossible, with most refuges unable to provide animal accommodation, and for those that can afford to buy or rent, strata by-laws are creating dangerous impediments to those trying to find safety.

Source: Strict strata bans on animals harm people escaping violence and discriminate against people with disability

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