This year Australian's are focusing on the impact of domestic violence, with our Australian of the Year Rosie Batty leading the charge to speak out and reduce the terrible suffering that can occur in domestic settings. Animals are often victims.
An upcoming inaugural conference will look at the links between animal abuse and domestic violence and consider what can be done.
The Conference run by Lucy's Project is running over a weekend in Byron Bay, NSW: 7-8th November 2015 (Lord Byron Resort)
Topics to be discussed include Human-Animal Crisis Services, Vets and Domestic Violence, Challenges faced by Rural and Remote Australians, Children and Animal Abuse, the role of Veterinary Forensics, Empathy and Anti-Violence Education Programs.
There will also be presentation of results from current research projects examining some of these issues in Australia. As well as talks from invited speakers, there will be discussion and focus groups on a range of topical subjects.
Speakers include Dr Catherine Tiplady, author of Animal Abuse: Helping Animals and People, Moo Baulch, CEO Domestic Violence NSW, Gillian Cohen, General Manager, DomesticViolence Service Management NSW, Dr Di Evans, RSPCA South Australia Animal Welfare Advocate, Sandra Ma & Matt French, Safe Beds for Pets Program, RSPCA NSW, Associate Professor Eleanora Gullone, Psychologist, Monash University, VIC, Lisa Peel and Richard Wainwright, Saving Grace Project, WA and Dr Lydia Tong, Forensic Veterinary Pathologist.
To book, visit here.