Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Help animal and human victims of domestic violence

Glass dog; fragile dog
Humans and animals are vulnerable to domestic violence.

Today’s post is a community service announcement about something we feel is very important. We’ve discussed the link between domestic violence and animal abuse previously. Later this year, Lucy’s Project is hosting a two day conference on this issue in Sydney, and this one deserves to be sold out.

As with all wicked problems, both domestic violence and animal abuse require a multidisciplinary approach. The organisers invite veterinarians, veterinary nurses, medical doctors, nurses, police, psychologists, sociologists, social workers, domestic violence workers, animal welfare workers, students and academics.

According to the organisers, this is an opportunity not only to learn about the issues but learn how to help solve them. 

Keynote speakers are Dr Frank Ascione (Pets in Peril, USA) and Dr Freda Scott-Park (The Links Group, Scotland). The conference will also feature speakers from Australia discussing both animal and human perspectives.

The conference will be hosted on the weekend of November 5 and 6 from 930am-5pm. Early bird tickets (available until 30 June) are $285, with general tickets $350 after that. The concession rate is $250. And the catering is cruelty free. Book here:

1 comment:

  1. One way I thought vets could help would be to supply or donate cat and dog cages to womens shelters and work with the shelters to help keep people and pets together when they have to flee from home. Such as maybe keeping feliway or equivalents in stock to keep animals calm if they had to to be taken into a shelter.


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