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AWARE ARC- (Animal aWare, Animal Ready in (DFV) Emergency in Animal Ready Communities) is a project funded by both individual organisations and with assistance from Women NSW to create referral pathways and gather regionally specific information to support people with animals experiencing domestic and family abuse. If your organisation would like to discuss creating a network in your area and take leadership in your community please email email@example.com For more information about the program, see AWARE ARC
NSW South Coast
NSW Blue Mountains
If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic and family violence, please call one of the numbers below
24-hour national sexual assault, family and domestic violence counselling line for any Australian who has experienced, or is at risk of, family and domestic violence and/or sexual assault.
Call toll-free 1800 737 732.
Lifeline has a national number who can help put you in contact with a crisis service in your State.
Anyone across Australia experiencing a personal crisis or thinking about suicide can call 13 11 14.
This service from No to Violence offers assistance, information and counselling to help men who use family violence.
Call 1300 766 491 if you would like help with male behavioural and relationship concerns.
Lucy’s Project believes that a properly funded referral network to link domestic violence services with animal welfare, rights and protection services is a fundamental need in tackling the domestic and family violence crisis in this country. We continue to advocate for this service and in the interim, do the best we can to help wherever possible.
We hope the links in this website are useful. If there is a particular kind of service you are trying to access that is not listed on this page, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will see if we can help further. We receive no funding to do this work and are a volunteer run organisation.
RSPCA Community Domestic Violence Program
This community program was previously known as Safe Beds for Pets. For more information please contact the RSPCA Community Programs helpline (02) 9782 4408. The helpline operates Monday to Friday, 9am- 5pm. During weekends and public holidays contact the RSPCA Contact Centre on (02) 9770 7555.
Animal Welfare League
Report cruelty, surrender an animal, advocacy
Northern Rivers region
Animal Rights and Rescue Group
For surrender of animals and assistance in a domestic violence crisis, supported by Lucy’s Project.
Northern Rivers Animal Services
Northern Rivers Animal Services (NRAS) is a self-funded, not-for-profit, registered Charity that commenced in October 2001 to provide foster care and the opportunity to re-home the abandoned, abused, lost and unwanted dogs and cats in the Northern Rivers region of NSW.
K.I.T.T.E.N at Pets and Saddles Lismore
Rescue for cats in troubled times.
Safe Pets, Safe Families
SPSF a registered charity providing programs and services to people and their pets in the Australian community who are facing disadvantage and crisis situations, predominately domestic violence. We are currently only in SA but aspire to be nation-wide.
RSPCA SA Safe Kennels
RSPCA South Australia is committed to working with the community and all organisations responding to domestic and family violence to help families and their pets find safety.
Eastern Domestic Violence Outreach Service
Domestic Violence support for humans with (and without) animals
The Epping Animal Welfare Facility (EAWF), operated by RSPCA Victoria (RSPCA), will accommodate and care for domestic animals of residents impacted by family violence in the cities of Whittlesea, Darebin and Moreland.This does not apply to restricted breed or declared dangerous dogs. Access- for specialist family violence services and other agencies. Individuals encouraged to make contact through a support worker. Factsheet here-Info for Services
Veterinary practice in Melbourne offering community programs and assistance for people with animals.
Cherished Pets is a unique veterinary social enterprise established in 2015 in the Geelong region of Victoria, Australia by veterinarian Dr Alicia Kennedy.
Our Mission: to support companion pet ownership of vulnerable people and to support pets and their people through all life stages, including vulnerable times.
Cherished Pets Community Veterinary Care (CPCVC) – a social benefit company that offers a unique bond-centred veterinary service.
Cherished Pets Foundation (CPF) – the charitable partner of Cherished Pets, that exists to support companion pet ownership of elderly and disabled people living in the Bellarine region.
TLG Family, Children and Animal Law
TLG are fervent supporters of animal rights and welfare that are protected by law and groups such as the RSPCA.
RSPCA ACT, Project Safe
Project SAFE stands for Support for Animals and Families in Emergencies and is designed to be a safe haven and emergency short-term care for the pets of victims fleeing domestic violence. Animals that enter the Shelter under this program also receive a full vet check, vaccinations; as well as have other immediate medical needs met. While dogs and cats are the most common pet in this program, we have also helped other small animals.
Animal Defenders Office
The ADO provides free advice on how the law affects animals and animal advocates, and how it can be used to protect them. We also take an active role in law reform and policy formulation regarding animals and provide information materials designed both to increase awareness of animal protection issues and to empower the community to engage in public decision-making affecting animals.
RSPCA WA Pets in Crisis
The Pets in Crisis program offers a temporary home for pets from households experiencing family and domestic violence while their owner seeks refuge or temporary accommodation of their own. This helps to alleviate some of the logistical stress of removing themselves and their loved ones from a dangerous home environment.
Emergency boarding for pets
A resource for veterinarians on recognizing and reporting animal abuse
The link between family violence and animal abuse: a guide for Vets and their staff, Deborah Thiel,
Intimate Partner Violence and companion animal welfare- CM Tiplady, DM Walsh and CJC Phillips, in The Journal of the Australian Veterinary Association Ltd, Volume 90 No1-2, January/February 2012 Intimate partner violence and companion animal welfare
Identifying non-accidental injury cases in veterinary practice, Dr. Lydia Tong, In Practice, February 2016, Volume 38, 59-68Identifying non-accidental injury cases in veterinary practice
Help uncover veterinary experiences of abuse in animals and people, Catherine Tiplady BVSc, BAppSci (Hons), September 2011, Veterinary Medicine, dvm360.com Help uncover veterinary experiences of abuse in animals and people
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.
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.
Lucy’s Project believes that a properly funded referral network to link domestic violence services with animal welfare, rights and protection services is a fundamental need in tackling the domestic and family violence crisis in this country.
We continue to advocate for this service and in the interim, do the best we can to help wherever possible.
We receive no funding to do this work and are a volunteer run organisation.