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

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 .

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.

Webinar 1

"Understanding Animal Abuse and Domestic and Family Abuse”
June, 2021

“Understanding Animal Abuse and Domestic and Family Abuse” is the first of three webinars, funded by Women NSW that Lucy’s Project’s AWARE ARC team created specifically for professionals who support clients in the domestic and family abuse and violence sector in NSW. Please note that some of the information is specific to NSW.

 

This is a prerecorded version of our webinar that we shared live on 30th June 2021. 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 click the link below and complete the registration form to access the webinar recording.

Webinar 2

Creating an Animal Inclusive DFV Practice”
July, 2021

“Creating an animal inclusive DFV practice” is the second of three webinars, funded by Women NSW that Lucy’s Project’s AWARE ARC team created specifically for professionals who support clients in the domestic and family abuse and violence sector in NSW. Please note that some of the information is specific to NSW.

 

This is a prerecorded version of our webinar that we shared live on 21st July 2021. 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 click the link below and complete the registration form to access the webinar recording.

Dealing with resistance

Resistance is “any form of response that denies, challenges or undermines efforts” to prevent social change. Whilst it is inevitable, it can be helpful to be prepared. This fact sheet gives tips on how to respond to resistance.

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.

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.