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Stopping abuse with protection dogs

Women who have left abusive partners are learning how to train their own protection dogs – the scheme in Madrid is helping to build their self-confidence and keep them safe.

Almost 30% of women experience violence from a partner at some point in their lives. If they manage to escape the immediate crisis, it can be hard to get long term support to rebuild their lives, and survivors often continue to be harassed and threatened for years after leaving their abusers. A security dog firm in Spain is giving these people the confidence to restart their lives by pairing them with special protection dogs. The women train the animals, which then act as a deterrent to keep former partners away. Some critics say this tackles a symptom rather than the cause of domestic abuse, while others argue it’s a practical solution where societies are slow to change.
This podcast has been updated to correct a statistic that appeared in the original version.

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