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Domestic Violence and Animal Abuse Conference 2018

Lucy’s Project, the peak organisation raising awareness of the link between animal abuse and domestic violence in Australia, will this weekend bring together family violence specialists, veterinary professionals and policy makers for the Lucy’s Project conference.

Called Domestic Violence and Animal Abuse – Strategic and Practical Perspectives, the event is being held on 22-23 September and will be hosted by the University of Melbourne’s School of Social Sciences and the Melbourne Veterinary School.

The conference aims to raise awareness of the link between family violence and animal welfare and to streamline responses.

Domestic violence and animal abuse conference 2018

Founder Anna Ludvik, Olivia Neutered Dog and Billie Howliday. Photo credit, Denise Alison.

Lucy’s Project recognises that we fail to save human domestic violence victims lives when we fail to address the whole family- paws and all. Companion animals are often cited as the reason a victim returns to an abusive home, the inability to secure pet-friendly accommodation the reason for increased homelessness for predominately women victims and their children.

Lucy’s Project recognise the:

First seen in Vet Practice Magazine.