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Animal Abuse and The Children- European Link Coalition and the UN Convention on the Rights of the child

“Protect the animal to save the child, protect the child to save the animal”. The European Link Coalition have been actively lobbying and working with the UN on the UN Convention for the Rights of the Child, who recognise the traumatic impact on children who witness abuse to animals.

https://www.europeanlinkcoalition.com/animal-abuse-the-children

我们的核心策略

意识及认知 Lucy’s Project提高了人们对认识家庭暴力与动物虐待之间联系的意识。对此,我们在普通公众,以及政府和非政府组织内部就应对澳大利亚的家庭暴力危机中做了不少努力。 我们认为伴侣型动物(宠物)对于澳大利亚家庭来说是非常重要的,家庭暴力事件则对这类动物存在着普遍危害性。我们主要帮助人们“链接资源”以应对暴力事件的发生。我们认为,当动物在家庭中存在受到暴力伤害的危险时,该家庭中的人类也有潜在的生命危险。因此为了解决家庭暴力的问题和事件,我们更需要先满足保护动物免遭伤害的需求。 我们对各类在本领域开展的学术研究持以最大的支持, 我们相信这样可以增加大众对于家庭暴力和家庭暴力中动物虐待程度的认识和认知,同时加强对这种暴力行为和人类社区影响的教育。 我们通过将Lucy’s Project建设成为一个全国性的高峰组织,提供全覆盖性的家庭暴力及动物虐待服务网络,提高了对澳大利亚社会内对于该领域可利用的社会资源,工具和支持网络的认识。 我们同样了解到物福利/权利部门在应对家庭暴力问题中的负担,因为这类部门往往需要安置和支持有庇护需求的动物。因此,我们力求提高社会中对通过我们建立起来的服务网络的认知,进而支持有关部门工作的开展。 倡导及辩护 Lucy’s Project为家庭暴力中的动物受害者发声,以此保护家庭暴力中的人类受害者。我们通过多种方式方法做到这一点。 我们在澳大利亚境内建立的全国性的服务网络, 包括许多家庭暴力的高峰组织,政府和非政府机构,警察,动物救援服务,住房服务,无家可归安置和精神健康服务,兽医,儿童福利机构,并同时联合法律界及知名大学,共同采取行动。 我们代表家庭暴力中的非人类受害者,以及在危机中无法与自己的动物分离的人们。我们将致力于寻求各种有效方法来帮助他们建立起进一步的社会支持服务。 功能与服务 Lucy’s Project为寻求改善动物与人的关系,并希望成为该领域创新者的家庭暴力组织(和其他组织)提供直接咨服务。 我们与有需要了解动物相关问题的机构组织合作,同时也提供转介服务。 当遇到没有相关契合的动物支持服务可以提供给一些家庭时,我们会尝试通过运用创造性思 来“弥合差距”。 我们与各种家庭暴力服务网络保持着密切的联系,鼓励各界将对动物的关注和保护纳入意识体系。 我们与外界相关服务进行密切合作,发展调查研究和知识体系 我们每两年召开一次会议,创建网络研讨会,培训计划,信息手册,以提供最新信息。 我们定期举行洲际工作组会议,以合作开展项目,共享信息并树立领域意识。

Webinars

Supporting Victim/ Survivors of domestic and family violence during concurrent crises, Webinar series 2020 Webinar 1 Bushfire, drought, Covid-19 and safely planning for animals escaping DFV. People with animals experiencing domestic and family violence have had to navigate through multiple concurrent crises in the past 12 months. This webinar explores some of the responses to […]

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Animal Cruelty as an indicator of family trauma- using adverse childhood experiences to look beyond child abuse and domestic violence

 Abstract- Animal cruelty as an indicator of family traumaYouth who engage in animal cruelty are known to be at increased risk of perpetrating violence on other people in their lives including peers, loved ones, and elder family members. These youths have often been exposed to family violence, including animal cruelty perpetrated on their beloved pets by violent adults. The current study utilizes a data set of 81,000 juvenile offenders whose adverse childhood experiences are known and includes 466 youth who self-report engaging in animal cruelty. Compared to the larger group of juvenile offenders, the children admitting to engaging in animal cruelty are younger at time of first arrest, more likely to be male, and more likely to be White. When looking at their reports of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), they are more likely than other juvenile offenders to have an array of adverse experiences beyond family violence and to have four or more ACEs. Although the youth who are cruel to animals are already troubled, the fact that they present to law enforcement at early ages provides early opportunities for intervention. Service providers outside the law enforcement field, such as teachers, physicians, veterinarians and animal control officers may be able to identify these vulnerable youth, and refer them to needed services before violence is visited on other humans.

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ECAV is a NSW Health focus group that offers training regarding the link between DFV and animal abuse. They are trauma informed and work collaboratively with animal welfare and human services.