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  • 10 facts about our Pets In Crisis Program

    1st July, 2019 | by

    10 facts about our Pets In Crisis Program

    1. The Pets In Crisis Program exists to care for pets whose families are escaping domestic violence.
    2. A lot of refuges do not accept pets, so many people decide to stay in a domestic violence situation for fear of what might happen to their pet if they leave. Sadly, our counsellors regularly speak to people whose intimate partners use violence or threats of it towards their pets – in order to frighten and control them into staying.
    3. Established in 2005, the Program is a collaboration between DVConnect and the RSPCA Queensland.
    4. Each pet is given safe accommodation, food, and in most cases veterinary care.
    5. The Program cares for almost 300 pets each year.
    6. BUT, last financial year we were forced to turn away 2-3 pets every week because we don’t have enough funding or safe accommodation to care for them.
    7. Pets can stay in the program for up to 28 days.
    8. Any pet is accepted, provided there is a suitable place for them to be cared for.
    9. Each pet is given a thorough health check by an RSPCA veterinarian. Sadly though, a lot of pets from domestic violence situations haven’t received the medical care they should have in their lives. This means more vet care is needed, which means more costs.
    10. The minimum cost to operate the Pets In Crisis Program is $150,000. This increases when the number of animals needing help increases. 
    11. To access this program, you must speak with the DVConnect team. Please call anytime on 1800 811 811, they are available to chat 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

     

    If you would like to donate to our Pets In Crisis Program we would be so very grateful.

    Donate Now

    If you or someone you know needs help, please call us:

    Womensline 1800 811 811
    Mensline 1800 600 636
    Sexual Assault Line 1800 010 120
    1800RESPECT 1800 737 732
  • Donate to Pets In Crisis

    4th June, 2019 | by
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    Donate to Pets In Crisis

     

    Thank you for choosing to donate to our Pets In Crisis Program. It’s only because of donations like yours that we can continue to run our Pets In Crisis Program. It is so important to us to be able to help the voiceless animals who are unfortunately involved in domestic and family violence situations. They rely on our help. They can’t pick up the phone and call us, or call the Police. So it is up to us to be their voice and help them.

    It costs over $150,000 per year to run the Pets In Crisis Program any donation you can spare will help towards keeping our program running.

    How your donation helps:

    • $20 will shelter an abandoned pet tonight

    • $60 can provide a warm and safe bed for a homeless pet tonight

    • $120 will heal wounds and soothe aches for a neglected pet

    • $250 can fill the tummies of 175 shelter pets tonight

    Donate Now

  • Pets In Crisis

    23rd February, 2019 | by

    Pets in Crisis Program

    The Pets In Crisis Program provides safe accommodation, food and vet care to pets whose families have escaped domestic violence, but who cannot take them to a refuge. 

     

    THE FACTS

    • The Pets In Crisis Program exists to care for pets whose families are escaping domestic violence.
    • Established in 2005, the Program is a collaboration between DVConnect and the RSPCA Queensland.
    • Each pet is given safe accommodation, food, and in most cases veterinary care.
    • The Program cares for almost 300 pets each year.
    • BUT, due of lack of funds and accommodation space, we are forced to say no to almost 200 more pets who need help. This breaks our hearts.
    • Pets can stay in the program for up to 28 days.
    • Any pet is accepted, provided there is a suitable place for them to be cared for.
    • Each pet is given a thorough health check by an RSPCA veterinarian. Sadly though, a lot of pets from domestic violence situations haven’t received the medical care they should have in their lives. This means more vet care is needed, which means more costs. Examples of a basic vet check-up for a dog include the dog being given flea, tick and worming medication, heartworm, as well as kennel cough injections. Also a lot of cases require specialist veterinary operations due to abuse the animal has suffered at the hand of the domestic violence abuser. 
    • The minimum cost to operate the Pets In Crisis Program is $150,000. This increases when the number of animals needing help increases. 

     

    DONATE TO PETS IN CRISIS

    We are forced to decline 2-3 pets every week because we do not have enough funds to provide safe beds, food and vet care for them. Any donation you can make is so very much appreciated. 

    Donate Now

    How your donation helps:

    • $20 will shelter an abandoned pet tonight

    • $60 can provide a warm and safe bed for a homeless pet tonight

    • $120 will heal wounds and soothe aches for a neglected pet

    • $250 can fill the tummies of 175 shelter pets tonight

    Pets in Crisis is a critical program that delivers many community benefits. It provides those who are experiencing domestic and family abuse with peace of mind that their pet will be away from violence and harm while they find a safe environment to rebuild their lives.

    • If you are in a position to donate, we would be so grateful.
    • If you are a master fundraiser and have an idea you think could raise funds amongst your friends or workmates, please give it a go, we, and the animals would be so appreciative.
    • If you work for a company who might be willing to donate, please ask them if they are interested.
    • If you are involved in a community group who may like to fundraise, we would be so very grateful.

     

    How can I get my pet in the Pets In Crisis Program?

    To access this program, you must speak with the DVConnect team. Please call anytime on 1800 811 811, they are available to chat 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

     

    The link between domestic violence and pets

    Sadly pets are often abused as part of the spectrum of domestic violence. Domestic violence counsellors regularly speak with people whose pets are beaten or tortured by abusive partners. The abuser do this to frighten and control the victim into staying in the violent relationship. RSPCA Queensland’s Inspectorate frequently investigates animal cruelty cases of this nature. Research shows that up to 25% of people in violent situations, who have a family pet present, may remain in that situation because of concern for the welfare of their pet should they leave.

    For any pet lover whose animal is part of the family – the thought of leaving them behind in an emergency is unthinkable! For hundreds of pet lovers, the decision is made all the more difficult when the need to leave is due to escalating or persistent domestic or family violence. Sadly – hundreds of women, children and their beloved pets across Queensland are constrained in violent and fearful relationships because the fear and practical challenges of leaving are just too overwhelming. These already emotionally drained and mostly financially strapped women are torn between protecting themselves and their children and the increased risk that their dear pets will (if they are not already affected) become the victims of the violence if they leave them behind

    No pets should be at risk of being abused and no one should feel that they can’t leave a violent home!

    How can this happen? 

    Places available in refuges for the victims of domestic and family violence are scarce, and in Queensland none are able to accommodate pets. DVConnect counsellors regularly speak to women whose intimate partners use violence or threats of it towards their pets – in order to frighten and control them into staying. And for the children – moving without their special companions at this time compounds the loss and makes the trauma they are facing in their family life that much more intense. Knowing that their pets will be cared for and that they can be reunited as soon as they can get back on their feet is sometimes the catalyst for many women having the courage to take that vital step towards leaving a violent domestic situation and protecting themselves their children and just as importantly their pets.

     

    THE FURRY STORIES

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    Beanie & Frankie’s Story

    Beanie and Frankie’s Mum Iris was delighted to have her two furry babies Beanie and Frankie back in her care after she left hospital. Iris unfortunately found herself in hospital after her ex-partner had physically assaulted her. Iris expressed her gratitude to the foster carers who looked after Beanie and Frankie for many reasons. One reason in particular was that they gave them regular professional pet grooming hair cuts. Iris said that she previously did not spend money on pet grooming because her ex-partner controlled the finances and would not let her get a job. 

    *Names have been changed. Pets in images are models.

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    Millie’s Story

    Millie needed the Pets In Crisis Program foster care accommodation for 2 months. When she first arrived she also needed veterinary attention in the form of her C5 (Kennel Cough) injection, her heart worm injection, as well as flea and tick medication. She was then placed in a foster care home with another dog, of similar size and age to her.  Millie’s reunion with her family was an emotional one. It represented a new beginning and a new life with her family that would be free from violence. Millie’s Mum told the Pets in Crisis Program volunteers that “she didn’t know if she could leave the violent situation she used to be in because she was scared about what would happen to her precious girl Millie.” She went on to add that she is so grateful for this program.

    *Names have been changed. Pets in images are models.

  • About DVConnect

    17th October, 2019 | by

    What does DVConnect do?

    DVConnect is a not-for-profit organisation that has provided state-wide specialist domestic, family and sexual violence crisis counselling, intervention, information and pathways to safety (emergency housing and refuge) for 17 years. 

    DVConnect operates four telephone helplines, these are Womensline, Mensline, Sexual Assault Helpline, Pets In Crisis and 1800 RESPECT (Queensland operator). In addition, DVConnect also conducts workplace training to help organisations who employees are experiencing or are impacted by domestic and family violence. In addition, DVConnect provides specialist domestic and family policy assistance. In August 2019 DVConnect officially opened Bella’s Sanctuary, a purpose-built 5 unit bridging-accommodation residence on the Gold Coast, funded entirely by a collaboration with corporates Halcyon and Mirvac.

     

    Telephone Helplines

    DVConnect operates crisis helplines to assist Queenslanders escape domestic and family violence, as well as sexual assault/sexual abuse. Across the helplines, we receive approximately 100,000 calls yearly. The helplines are:

    Womensline

    Our Womensline has been funded by the Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women since 2002. The helpline is Queensland’s only free, state-wide services and is available 24 hours, 7 days a week, every day of the year for any Queenslander identifying as a female. Our Womensline arranges practical assistance such as emergency transport and emergency accommodation away from a violent home, as well as crisis counselling and intervention. Taking approximately 8000 calls every month, Womensline also assists over 600 women and more than 500 children away from domestic violence and into safe accommodation every month.

    Mensline

    Our Mensline is divided into two sections, the first being our crisis helpline, which has been funded by the Department of Justice and Attorney General since 2002. The second being our Court Support, which is funded by Legal Aid. Our Mensline is a free, telephone crisis counselling referral and support line for any Queenslander identifying as male. It is available from 9am until midnight, 7 days a week, every day of the year. In the last financial year, Mensline received almost 15,000 phone calls and referrals. Mensline offers counselling, referral and support for both men who are experiencing domestic and family violence, as well as men who are using violence in their relationships, to help them amend their behaviours.

    Sexual Assault Helpline

    Our Sexual Assault Helpline has been funded by the Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women since 2009. Our helpline is a free telephone support and counselling to any Queenslander who has been sexually assaulted or abused. It is also for those who are concerned someone they care about might have been assaulted/abused. Available from 7.30am until 11.30pm, 7 days a week, every day of the year.  Last financial year, the Sexual Assault Helpline received almost 2200 calls and referrals.

    1800RESPECT

    DVConnect operates the Queensland operation of 1800RESPECT, the National confidential online and telephone specialist counselling, information and referral service, available 24 hours, 7 days, every day of the year, in Queensland. 1800RESPECT provides support for people experiencing, or who are at risk of experiencing, sexual assault, domestic or family violence, their friends and family, as well as workers and professionals supporting someone experiencing, or at risk of experiencing sexual assault, domestic or family violence.

    Pets In Crisis

    DVConnect works directly with the RSPCA Queensland to provide the states Pets In Crisis Program. The program cares for the pets of families experiencing domestic violence. It provides food, safe shelter, as well as veterinary services. Last financial year Pets In Crisis cared for almost 300 pets. Our Pets in Crisis program is administered by calling DVConnect on 1800 811 811.

     

    Workplace Training & Policy

    DVConnect provides tailored workplace training on domestic, family and sexual violence. The purpose of this training is to ensure Queensland organisations are able to do their part to support their employees who may be experiencing domestic, family and/or sexual violence. DVConnect also helps organisations create Domestic and Family Violence Policies. 

    As an accredited specialist provider of domestic and family violence services, DVConnect has a deep understanding of the complex presentations, impacts and trauma as a consequence of domestic and family violence. We have an understanding of risk, and managing this risk, in collaboration with survivors, with the intention of keeping them safe and empowered. We acknowledge the differential impacts and intersectional experience of violence in terms of prevalence, risk, severity of violence, culture. As well as identity for Indigenous women, young women, pregnant women, women who are separating, women living in regional and remote Queensland and women living with disability.

    DVConnect is a Registered Charity (Public Benevolent Institution entity subtype) with the ACNC. It is endorsed by the ATO as a Deductible Gift Recipient has authority to fundraise in Queensland under Charity Number CH1459.

     

    Bella’s Sanctuary

    DVConnect continues to be at the forefront in providing contemporary domestic and family violence support, adapting to the changing needs of Queenslanders impacted by domestic, family and sexual violence. On 27 August 2019, DVConnect officially opened Bella’s Sanctuary, our bridging accommodation residence for longer term housing for women and children affected by domestic and family violence.  DVConnect strongly believes that domestic and family violence ends with a community-wide integrated response. Guided by this principal and a focus on reducing homelessness following domestic violence, or victims returning to their abusers, we partnered with Mirvac Residential and Queensland builders Halcyon, together with 90 building industry suppliers. Together, we designed and constructed Australia’s first commercially funded bridging accommodation residence on the Gold Coast with a total in-kind contribution of almost $1.7 million.

     

    Funding

    DVConnect is primarily funded by the Queensland Government. Our Womensline has been funded by the Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women since 2002. Our Mensline has been funded by the Department of Justice and Attorney General since 2002 and our Court Support program is funded by Legal Aid. Our Sexual Assault Helpline has been funded by the Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women since 2009.  

    We rely heavily on the generous donations from our community. Our work is made possible not only by the Queensland Government, but by the amazing support we receive from our corporate and community partners who also believe that domestic, family and sexual violence must end and who are doing their part to ensure that happens. 

     

    Partners

    Our partners share our vision of an Australian community that is free from domestic, family and sexual violence. QSuper have funded a full-time Crisis Counsellor every year since 2016. This funding means 4000 additional calls can now be answered yearly. More  Halcyon, Mirvac and 90 generous building suppliers built Bella’s Sanctuary, a $1.67m bridging-accommodation residence. More  RSPCA Queensland operate the Pets In Crisis Program that cares for pets while their families are relocating to safe accommodation. More  Queensland Rail donate complimentary long-haul travel to families who need to leave the town or city they reside in because of violence. More

     

     

    Our Vision

    All relationships are free from domestic, family and sexual violence.

     

    Our Mission

    Through collaboration we enable seamless pathways from violence to safety and beyond.

     

    Our Values

    • Respect
    • Safety
    • Equality
    • Accountability
    • Empowerment

     

    We can help you

    Call 1800 811 811

I wish to sincerely thank you and the entire DVConnect team for their past and present assistance during these past few years of family turmoil. Without such a wonderful service it would be that much harder for women and children.

Jenny, Northgate Brisbane

We need your support.

With your donation we can:

  • Provide more emergency transport and accommodation to those escaping violence.
  • Provide more temporary accommodation for pets whose families have escaped violence.
  • Provide more crisis counselling to those who have experienced violence.
  • Educate Queenslanders on how they can help family/friends experiencing violence.