Are you experiencing family/domestic violence? • If you are in danger, call 000 • For information call 1800 RESPECT • Animal support information available here.

Are you experiencing family/domestic violence?
• If you are in danger, call 000
• For information call 1800 RESPECT
• Animal support information available here.

Aware Arc

Recognise - Collaborate - Train - Refer - Protect

AWARE ARC (Animal aWare, Animal Ready in DFV Emergency – creating Animal Ready Communities) creates empowered communities and is a online hub of resources for frontline services and people in crisis, region by region. The project is in its infancy and we are accepting new clients for 2022 to build the resources. Contact us at aware-arc@lucysproject.com.au to become involved.

How to use this page

Lucy’s Project are not an emergency service and cannot assist in a crisis. We
provide information and resources.

If you are in an emergency situation please call 000.
Are you experiencing domestic/family abuse or violence? Do you need to talk
to someone about it? Call 1800 RESPECT 1800 737 732. 24 hours a day, 7
days a week. 1800respect.org.au
You can also call the NSW Domestic Violence Helpline. On 1800656463 24
hours a day, 7 days a week.
If you are looking for specific information to assist with safety planning or
finding a refuge in your area, this page can help by clicking on the appropriate
region below. If you are a frontline service looking to build capacity to support
people with animals, experiencing domestic and family violence and abuse
this page offers resources, training webinars and tips. We have an online
community for members.

Resources by region

Fact sheets

Safety plan for animals

For a person leaving a domestic/family violence situation and taking animals with them, particularly large animals, planning is essential. This resource sheet details steps for preparation to leave with animals.

Relevant laws

This fact sheet contains a summary of the laws and other codes that are relevant to people with animals who are in a family/domestic violence situation.

Someone is hurting my animal

What to do if your animal is harmed or threatened by someone close to you.

Reporting animal abuse

State by state animal abuse legislation and reporting options.

Proving ‘ownership’ of pet animals

Proving ‘ownership’ of pet animals

‘Animal cruelty’ complaints—a guide

‘Animal cruelty’ complaints—a guide

Information for frontline human and animal services

AWARE ARC (Animal aWare, Animal Ready in DFV Emergency – creating Animal Ready Communities) is a cross-sector capacity building project. It aims to improve support for people and animals experiencing DFV and to empower people to recognise, respond and refer them to appropriate services. The project will train staff and volunteers working in domestic and family violence (DFV) and animal services and community organisations.

AWARE ARC will also facilitate cross-sector partnerships and referral pathways. The pilot phase was funded by an individual organisation in the Northern Rivers and a grant from Women NSW has enabled the project to be rolled out further in the Northern Rivers, Hawkesbury and South Coast.

 

If you or your organisation is interested in the training or in creating a network in your area to improve support for people and animals experiencing DFV, please email awarearc@lucysproject.com.au .

Webinar for Veterinary and Animal Services

Lucy’s Project is organising a webinar tailored for veterinary and animal services on how to recognise, respond and refer animals experiencing domestic and family violence (DFV). The webinar will cover how animal abuse is linked to DFV, how trauma from DFV affects animals, working with DFV agencies and inspectorates, risk management, confidentiality, and relevant laws.

 

Please click the link below and complete the registration form so that we can notify you once we have finalised a date and time for the webinar.

Training webinars

Funded by Women NSW, Lucy’s Project’s AWARE ARC team has created a three part series of webinars specifically for professionals who support clients in the domestic and family abuse and violence sector in NSW.

Live webinars offer participants a chance to ask questions and share information and resources. We do not share live webinar recordings for participant privacy reasons. Please follow the links below and complete the registration form to access
the webinar recordings.

"Understanding Animal Abuse and Domestic and Family Abuse”

The link between animal abuse and DFV, barriers to leaving for people with animals, and the impact of animal abuse, DFV and trauma on children and animals.

Creating an Animal Inclusive DFV Practice”

Why animals should be included, benefits of an animal inclusive service, intake process and safety
assessment form, and working with animal support agencies

Safety planning for people and animals

Creating a safety plan for people and animals including companion, farmed and assistance animals, relocating and rehoming animals, and relevant laws

Training resources

What is an animal inclusive service?

Animals provide emotional support, unconditional love, and stability for many victim-survivors of domestic and family violence. This bond can be exploited by perpetrators, who may inflict or threaten harm to animals as a strategy to intimidate, coerce or control human victim-survivors. Having an animal inclusive practice validates the love and care that clients have for their animals and legitimises the human-animal bond. This fact sheet outlines how your service can be more animal inclusive.

Relevant laws

This fact sheet contains a summary of the laws and other codes that are relevant to people with animals who are in a family/domestic violence situation.

Posters