22 Sep ‘Did you know?’ Thursdays
Furry friends help crime victims
Crime has a far-reaching and long-lasting impact on those who suffer it. Recovering from physical, emotional, psychological trauma can take weeks, months, years. Sometimes, it can take a lifetime. In the often arduous journey towards healing, being able to rely on a solid support network can make a real difference. Sometimes, just human contact can have a positive impact.
In Snohomish County, Washington (USA), judges believe that ‘four-legged’ support is just as important. For a few years now, they have allowed highly trained dogs to enter the courtroom, keeping children company while they testify, or sitting with family members of murder victims during trial. Dogs can also access a number of other facilities and are particularly welcome guests in organisations and institutions assisting children.
Sometimes comfort comes in the form of a helping hand, a smile or a kind word. And sometimes, it comes as a wagging tail.
Read more about about therapy dogs: Therapy dogs offer comfort to children, crime victims at the county courthouse