Domesic Violence/Animal Abuse

Research shows that there is a high correlation between domestic violence and animal abuse. If you or someone you know is a victim, visit these resources to get help. You're not alone. If you have an emergency, dial 911.


Assistance finding pet-friendly shelters:

Red Rover
and Animal Welfare Institute both have searchable databases of safe havens for pets of individuals who are experiencing domestic violence.

Information and Resources:


MA Statewide Toll-Free Domestic Violence Hotline: 877-785-2020

SafeLink is Massachusetts’ statewide 24/7 toll-free domestic violence hotline and a resource for anyone affected by domestic or dating violence. Each call is answered by a trained advocate who provides non-judgmental support, assistance with safety planning, and information on appropriate resources.

SafeLink’s state-of-the-art technology allows the advocate answering your call to keep you on the line while you are being connected to a resource in your area, getting you help in just a single call. It is also OK to call SafeLink if you need to talk about your situation or someone else’s – you do not need to be looking for services or a shelter space.

Advocates are bilingual in English and Spanish and have access to a service that can provide translation in more than 130 languages.

Call SafeLink for:

  • Safety planning resources for survivors to learn how they and their families can stay safe.
  • A safe and confidential space in which to talk about your relationship or someone else’s.
  • A direct connection to domestic violence programs across Massachusetts
  • Referrals to local domestic violence and other community resources
  • Support and resources for anyone who is concerned about a victim of domestic violence
  • Information about domestic and dating violence.