Iowa judges can now include pets in protective orders.
Governor Branstad signed Senate-File 2118 into law on Friday.
The change follows a study by the American Humane Society that found 70-percent of women entering shelters reported their abuser had injured or threatened their pet.
Supporters also say victims of domestic abuse often stay with their abuser because they are worried about the safety of their pet.
“Gave them one little bill; one little piece of legislation that will hopefully make a difference in their life,” bill supporter Adrienne Smith said.
The bill only extends to companion pets and not commercial livestock.