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Michigan: Providing Emergency Housing for Victims of Domestic Abuse

Michigan: Providing Emergency Housing for Victims of Domestic Abuse

Name: Providing Emergency Housing for Victims of Domestic Violence and their Companion Animals

Bill Number: HB 4026

In domestic abuse situations, abusers often harm or threaten to harm companion animals as leverage against their victims. When polled, 71% of women in battered women’s shelters report that their abusers harmed, killed or threatened their family’s companion animal. HB 4026 aims to remedy this problem by providing emergency housing for victims, their children and their companion animals. 

Call to Action: 

  1. Please contact your state Representative and urge them to support this legislation.

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  • Your State Representative or Representatives

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Provide Emergency Housing for All Victims of Abuse

Dear [Decision Maker],

I am writing to request your support for HB 4026, which would enhance the emergency resources available to victims of abuse, their children and their pets.

Companion animals and humans are vulnerable to domestic abuse. In response to a poll, 71% of women in battered women's shelters reported that their abuser harmed, killed or threatened their family's companion animal. Victims often delay their departure from an abusive home when their abuser harms--or threatens to harm--their pets in retaliation for their leaving.

Please help all victims of domestic abuse find the shelter they need to end the cycle of abuse.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]