About Lucy’s Project

lucys project about Anna Ludvik Lucy’s Project is a volunteer organisation, based in Lismore New South Wales Australia, with chapters in most states of Australia. Its membership is comprised of many peak DFV organisations, animal rescue organisations, charities, vets, lawyers, universities, individuals, government and non-government agencies and advocacy groups with a common vision of protecting the whole family.

We receive no government funding and rely solely on donations from the public and small grants.

Membership is an important part of our income stream, as are regular monthly donations. We always welcome active members who are keen to get involved.


Lucy’s Project is not afraid to dream big and our National Strategy is designed to one day ensure there is a service for animals affected by domestic and family violence in every area of the country.

Lucy’s Project works with a wide range of services, region by region, to achieve this goal and build services. If you represent an organisation or council looking to improve services in your region, please contact Lucy’s Project for more information.

Lucy’s Project holds conferences every two years. These bring together services from around the country. Please email info@lucysproject.com to become more involved or for more information.

Lucy’s Project has working groups of passionate people in every state and territory. These working groups and Special Interest Groups spearhead most of Lucy’s Project’s on the ground. New members and groups are always welcome, so if you want to become involved, please send an email to info@lucysproject.com for more information.

Lucy’s Project
PO Box 1023
Lismore NSW 2480
email: info@lucysproject.com
Lucy’s Project Inc. ABN 24 166471969

Please consider supporting our important work by making a donation to Lucy’s Project, Newcastle Permanent BSB 650 000 ACC 513837906.

About the animal human connection

Domestic Violence and the human/ animal connection

Lucys Project - Domestic Violence and the human animal connectionAustralia has one of the highest rates of animal ownership in the world. Sadly, we also have one of the highest rates of family/domestic violence, too. This means that many animals, who are a part of the family, also become victims when a family is subjected to family/domestic violence. For many people, leaving an animal behind to an uncertain fate is inconceivable. Many victim/survivors report that they delayed leaving a violent home, or returned to a violent home, because there was nowhere safe to care for the animal. As N Taylor and H Fraser explain, for many people who have experienced domestic and family violence, the loving relationship they share with an animal can provide victim/survivors with” the will to live, eat, sleep and keep caring for others, and in the process, maintain the will to rebuild their lives.”* An animal is often the only comfort, defender or friend a victim/survivor has.

For many victim/survivors, talking about the abuse and disclosing what’s going on can be hard. Often disclosing the abuse to the pets. vets suspecting abuse to an animal, or when children report family pets being killed or harmed is the only insight, we may have that there are people at risk of personal harm. (The Link Coalition) For this reason, Lucy’s Project works closely with vets to help support both the animals and people who may be in need of protection and for whom, the vet may be the only person able to link victim/survivors with domestic violence support services.

Lucy’s Project is deeply concerned that animal cruelty can be a powerful indicator of an at-risk family. This is an under researched area of domestic violence and we strongly advocate for and support further studies into the link between domestic violence and animal cruelty in a quest to save human and animal lives.

When we fail to address animal cruelty, we are failing to address human need too.
* N.Taylor and H.Fraser, Companion Animals and Domestic Violence, Rescuing You, Rescuing Me, Palgrave, 2019, 4.

When animals are victims, humans are victims

Lucys Project - When animals are victims, humans are victimsWhen an animal is being abused in the home, there are often humans at risk in the home. Witnessing animal abuse is distressing, and some perpetrators will harm an animal as a way of exerting control, punishment or threats towards a human victim/survivor. When a companion animal has been abused in a home, there’s a powerful red flag that all is not safe at home. No happy home involves animal abuse.

What if police officers are more at risk during a domestic violence call out if there is a history of animal cruelty and they have no knowledge of it? What if a history of violence toward animals is an indicator of increased chance of a perpetrator committing murder of a human victim? These questions are under researched, but US studies suggest that in fact this could well be the case and further research here in Australia is vital.

A trip to the vet, where the vet notices that the animal has a non-accidental injury, might be the only time the human victim/survivor has a chance to speak with someone who suspects abuse in the home and are able to provide support and help. We are proud to work with our veterinary partners and respect that taking animal cruelty seriously can save human lives.

All species are susceptible to domestic and family violence. Protect all species from violence because it’s never ok.

Protecting animals to protect children

Lucys Project - Protecting animals to protect childrenFrom birth, children are presented with animals or representations of animals as a form of soothing comfort, companionship or as a relatable friendly face. Teddy bears, cartoon animals, the Easter Bunny to name but a few, are central to the imagination and creative world of a child. Animals play an important role in the lives of children.

For many children experiencing domestic and family violence, the family pet can be a deep comfort and support. Animals can be a source of security for a child in a turbulent home. (Taylor and Fraser 2019)

Many children who witness an animal subjected to family/domestic violence are at risk of becoming perpetrators of abuse themselves with some studies suggesting they are at higher risk of committing future criminality. (Becker and French 2004)

For children, escaping crisis with the family pet can ensure continuity in their source of comfort, security and enjoyment of life, at a time of great uncertainty, fear and change.

To protect children from domestic violence, we must also protect the animals so central to their sense of wellbeing.

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Our Core Strategies


Lucys Project - core strategy AwarenessLucy’s Project raises awareness of the link between family/domestic violence and animal abuse. We do this both amongst the general public and within the government and non-government organisations tackling the domestic and family violence crisis in Australia.

Lucy’s Project recognises the importance of companion animals (“pets”) to Australian families and the prevalence of domestic violence where animals are also within the home. We help people make ’the link’. We believe that when an animal is at risk of harm within a family, there is also a human life at risk. Until we address the need to protect animals from harm, we are failing to address the whole family.

We support studies to increase knowledge and awareness of the extent of the animal abuse in domestic and family violence and to increase education of the effect of that violence on human communities.

We raise awareness of the resources, tools and support available to domestic violence organisations in Australia by forming a peak organisation and a network of services around the country.

We recognise the burden of domestic violence on the animal welfare/right sector as they support animals needing refuge. We seek to raise awareness of the support needed and available to them through the network.


Lucys Project - core strategy AdvocacyLucy’s Project advocates for the animal victims of family/domestic violence in order to also protect the human victims of family and domestic violence. We do this in a number of ways.

We form a network of services across Australia including domestic and family violence peak bodies, government and non-government agencies, police, animal rescue services, housing, homelessness and mental health services, veterinarians, child support agencies, lawyers and universities.

We speak up for the non-human victims of family/domestic violence as well as the people who cannot be separated from their animals in a crisis. We seek ways to help build further support services for them.


Lucys Project - core strategy ActionWe offer direct consulting services to domestic violence organisations (and others) who are seeking to improve the outcomes for people with animals and be innovators in the field.

We work with organisations who need assistance understanding animal issues or requiring referrals to further support.

We try to ‘bridge the gap’ using creative thinking when no services to a family are available for animal support.

We reach out to the DFV networks to include animals in the knowledge nexus and grow awareness.

We partner with others to develop the body of research and knowledge

We hold conferences on a bi-annual basis and create webinars, training programs, factsheets and provide up to date information.

We hold state based working group meetings on a regular basis, to partner on projects, share information and build awareness.

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Acknowledgement and Respect

Lucy’s Project acknowledges that our work takes place on Aboriginal land. Always has, always will be Aboriginal Land, and we pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging.

Lucy’s Project recognises the animals who have passed away or live with the scars and trauma of domestic and family violence.

Lucy’s Project recognises the collective experience of the organisations we work with. We acknowledge and pay our respects to the resilience and strength of the human survivors of domestic and family violence.

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Awards and Recognition

lucys project about mayor and 2018 lismore citizen of the yearFounder of Lucy’s Project, Anna Ludvik, was commended in NSW Parliament by the Hon. Mark Pearson MLC in 2016, by the Hon. Kevin Hogan MP in 2017.

2018 Australia Day Awards – Citizen of the Year, Anna Ludvik (founder) Lismore City Council.

2018 Northern Star, 50 Most Influential People of the Northern Rivers, Anna Ludvik, Lucy’s Project.

2019 Rotary NSW Inspirational Woman of the Year, finalist.

2019 Northern Star, 30 Most Influential Women, Anna Ludvik, Lucy’s Project founder.

2019 NRMA “Help is who we are” recognition of service.

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Our beginnings - why we are called "Lucy's Project"

Lucy’s Project was formed in 2013 following the stillbirth of the founder, Anna Ludvik’s daughter, Lucy. Anna wanted to commemorate her daughter in some way.

For a long time, Anna had dreamed of shining a light on the link between domestic/ family violence and animal abuse and so she named her initiative Lucy’s Project in honour of her daughter. “We cannot fully address the human crisis of family and domestic violence in Australia until we have addressed the need to protect the animal victims” says Anna. “When an animal is in danger in a family, you can be sure a human life is also at risk.”

At its core, Lucy’s Project aims to reduce the human toll on animals as a result of family violence and in Lucy’s innocent name, to protect women, children, animals and other victims from harm.

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Our Supporters and Partners

Lucy’s Project could not do the work we do without the help of our incredible supporters and partners. Working collaboratively is core to the work we do. The organisations named below have given generously and worked extensively with Lucy’s Project and we are proud of our ongoing association.
This website is still under construction and we hope to upload the logo and information for all our supporters soon.
If you would like to support or partner with Lucy’s Project and become an essential part of the organisation, please email info@lucysproject.com for more information.

Organisation Members

EDVOS – Eastern Domestic Violence Outreach Service is based in East Melbourne, Australia and has been proudly supporting Lucy’s Project for many years. Offering services for women, men, children and animals affected by domestic violence



Cherished Pets is a social enterprise that offers veterinary assistance for the animals of vulnerable people in Geelong, Victoria. Cherished Pets have been proud partners of Lucy’s Project for many years.


The University of Melbourne, School of Social Sciences and Melbourne Veterinary School have been active supporters and partners of Lucy’s Project for many years and hosted our 2018 conference.


Safe Pets Safe Families are a crisis foster care network for animals- and more- in South Australia and looking to go national.


Byron Dog Rescue (Registered as Companion Animal Welfare Inc) are proud supporters and partners of Lucy’s Project


Thank you to thekindcoffeeco.com for your ongoing support of Lucy’s Project.

Thank you to all our regular donors, individual members and supporters.

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Policies and Positions

Lucy’s Project is an Australian not for profit incorporated association, registered in the state of NSW. We are governed by an executive committee comprising a President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and a Public Officer. Our membership records are held in NSW. We hold an annual general meeting where our financial records and annual report are available to all members. We are in process of changing our structure to reflect the national work we do and will update this section shortly. For more information, please email the public officer, Anna Ludvik, info@lucysproject.com

Lucy’s Project recognises that domestic and family violence can affect all gender identities and all species. We recognise that while victim/survivors may identify as any gender, statistics reflect that the majority identify as female while the majority of abusers identify as male.

Lucy’s Project recognises the importance of the family animal and their status as family members, pets, companions, and assistance and guide animals. We recognise that in times of crisis, the family animal can be a source of comfort, support, security and strength for survivors. We support initiatives and programs that assist in keeping human and animal together in crisis and recovery.

Lucy’s Project recognises the special trauma that can be inflicted upon children who witness the abuse of animals.

Lucy’s Project acknowledges that we operate our organisation on Aboriginal land as it always has and always will be. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging and acknowledge the vibrancy and resilience of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Culture to this day.

Lucy’s Project treats all member organisations and individual supporters equally without favour or prejudice. We are an apolitical organisation with no affiliations to any other organisation.

Lucy’s Project will not accept donations to sway or influence our position or lobbying.

Lucy’s Project has a zero-tolerance policy for bullying, cyber harassment and stalking, verbal abuse or threats of any nature.

Lucy’s Project recognises there are many approaches necessary to solve the crisis of domestic and family violence where animals are concerned, and we are dedicated to working with diverse solutions.

Lucy’s Project is a vegan organisation. This does not compel or request all members to be vegan, however:

  • all Lucy’s Project events and meetings must be catered with vegan food only, if funded by Lucy’s Project
  • our fundraising must not involve cruelty to animals or the loss of animal life
  • we will not sell, endorse or promote products which harm animals
  • we adhere to the vegan principles of considering our impact on animals in all decision-making processes
  • we seek to minimise harm to animals wherever possible
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关于Lucy's Project

lucys project about Anna Ludvik Lucy’s Project是一个以志愿者为基础的社会服务机构,总部位于澳大利亚新南威尔士州利斯莫尔,机构在澳大利亚的大多数州都有分会。我们的成员包括许多致力于应对家庭暴力的高峰组织,动物救援组织,慈善机构,兽医,律师,大学,个人,政府和非政府机构以及倡导团体,我们的共同愿景是保护整个家庭。


会员资格以及每月的定期捐款都是我们收入来源的重要组成部分。 我们始终欢迎热衷于参与我们活动的积极成员。

Lucy’s Project是一个拥有梦想的组织,我们的国家性战略旨在确保有一天能够为该国每个地区的受家庭暴力影响的动物提供服务。

Lucy’s Project为澳洲各地区提供覆盖性的广泛服务,以实现此目标并建立服务。如果您代表的所在地区服务组织或理事会,有促进该地区家庭暴力及动物暴力的相关服务的愿景,请联系Lucy’s Project以获取更多信息。

Lucy’s Project于每两年举行一次周期性论坛会议。会议汇集了全国各地的相关领域的服务和组织。如果您有兴趣,请发送电子邮件至info@lucysproject.com以参与更多活动或获取更多信息。

Lucy’s Project在各个州和地区设有热心的工作小组。这些工作小组和特别利益小组在我们的大部分工作中发挥了领头羊的作用。 我们随时欢迎新成员和新的工作小组参与我们,因此,如果您想和我们建立起合作关系,请发送电子邮件至info@lucysproject.com以获取更多信息。

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请考虑向Lucy’s Project Newcastle Permanent BSB 650 300 ACC 513837906捐款,以支持我们的重要工作,在此非常感谢您的支持。


Lucys Project - Domestic Violence and the human animal connection家庭暴力,及动物与人的关系

澳大利亚是世界上动物拥有率最高的国家之一。令人可惜的是,我们也是家庭暴力发生率最高的国家之一。这意味着,当家庭遭受家庭暴力时,作为家庭一份子的动物或者宠物也会成为受害者。换句话来说,动物在家庭暴力中的的安危也是当下许多人类服务组织非常重要的介入点。许多受害者/幸存者报告说,在离开暴力关系后,因没有安全的地方可以照料动物,会促使他们推迟离开暴力关系或重返暴力关系。正如N Taylor和H Fraser所解释的那样,对于许多经历过家庭和亲密关系暴力的人来说,受害者/幸存者与动物之间的亲密关系可以为他们延续一种照顾他人,积极生活,平衡饮食,及安抚睡眠的意愿,以及在这种过程中,保持重建生活的意愿。“动物通常是受害者 /幸存者唯一的安慰剂,捍卫者或朋友。

对于许多受害者/幸存者而言,公开谈论虐待和披露发生的事情可能会相当困难。因此当我们遇到公开虐待宠物事件,或者兽医在接诊动物时怀疑动物受到了虐待事件,亦或者儿童举报家中有杀死或伤害家庭宠物事件时,我们会怀疑某些关联人员或许会有受到人身伤害的风险。因此,Lucy’s Project一直与兽医保持着密切的合作,以帮助和支持可能需要被保护的动物和人类,因为兽医可能是唯一能够将受害人/幸存者与家庭暴力联系起来的支持型社会服务。

Lucy’s Project强烈认为动物虐待可能可以成为评估家庭暴力的一个有力指标。这是家庭暴力中一个尚未研究的领域,我们强烈主张并支持对社会各界对家庭暴力与动物虐待之间的联系做进一步的研究,以挽救更多人类和动物的生命。




Lucys Project - When animals are victims, humans are victims

当涉案家庭有虐待动物的历史,而警察却不知情,我们担心警察在家庭暴力报警执法时将会面临更大的风险。再者如前面所述,如果家庭暴力施暴者有相关虐待动物的历史,那么这段历史也许可以作为一项指标来推测犯罪者将有很大几率进行人类谋杀或犯罪行为。 相关的美国研究已经证明了上述情况,然而这些假设尚未有澳洲环境下的研究成果,因此我们认为澳大利亚的进一步研究至关重要。

另外,当兽医在为动物做检查并发现动物受到非偶然伤害时,兽医和家庭暴力受害者关于动物间的对话和交谈可能是唯一一个提供给受害者寻求支持和帮助的机会。 我们为与兽医伙伴的合作而感到自豪,并认为严肃对待动物暴力可以挽救更多相关联的人类的生命。

所有物种都有可能会遭受到家庭暴力。 我们倡导保护一切物种免受暴力侵害的行为,对暴力说不!

Lucys Project - Protecting animals to protect children保护动物 而更好地保护孩子


对于许多遭受家庭暴力的孩子来说,家庭中的宠物可以为他们提供深切的安慰和支持。在家庭暴力的动荡中,动物可能是保障儿童安全的来源。 (Taylor and Fraser 2019)

一些研究表明,在许多家庭暴力中目睹动物被虐待的儿童将有很大风险在将来成为施暴者,他们有更高的犯罪可能性。 (Becker and French 2004)



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Lucys Project - core strategy AwarenessLucy’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。



Lucys Project - core strategy AdvocacyLucy’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。



Lucys Project - core strategy ActionLucy’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。







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