We would like to thank everyone who has reached out to us over the past 24 hours regarding the pets in Crisis Program. We are so grateful for all your comments and well wishes we are taking all comments on board and are going to follow up with them over the next couple of days. We would also like to say a big Thankyou to Kara Cook from Cook Legal who has set up a Go Fund Me page raising funds for the Pets in Crisis Program go to www.gofundme.com/dvconnect-pets-in-crisis-program Again we would like to express our gratitude for all your support for the valuable Pets in Crisis Program. We will continue to provide regular updates. ... See MoreSee Less
Today DVConnect was advised by RSPCA that they can no longer continue with the 10 year program they have been providing for our animals all over the state because they just cannot afford to keep doing it without reasonable funding. DVConnect has contributed bits and pieces and been a part of fundraising events for RSPCA Pets in Crisis but it has been tough going. We cannot lose this program and have to call on everyone for help at least in the interim until we can find a long term supporter. Please pass this on to all your animal loving friends to see what help we can put together to keep this vital program going. We approached the RSPCA over 10 years ago about such a program because our counsellors were distressed at not being able to offer safety for the pets of women, many of whom chose not to leave home because of that. We will keep you all posted and thank you for all the chocolate buying people out there who have eaten your way into helping us with this program. Your chocolate eating has helped DVConnect transport the animals all over the state but it isn’t enough to provide also for the veterinary care and desexing. We are very grateful to the RSPCA Qld for their amazing partnership with us for all this time and we can appreciate their having to make this decision. If you can help please contact Karyn at DVConnect ASAP 07 3156 2323 or firstname.lastname@example.org ... See MoreSee Less
Today we met two amazing women, introduced to DVConnect by Kathleen Noonan (journalist). Isabella and Carmel are part of what makes up the wonderful Zephyr Foundation that allows children escaping domestic violence to be fitted out for school. At DVConnect we mostly only deal with the crisis part of a families journey as they are about to leave the violence at home. We meet these families at the high point of their distress and vulnerability so it is about providing that safety for DVConnect and when the family enters a shelter our involvement ceases. Zephyr comes along at the shelter/refuge stage and equips the children there with all of their school and associated activity needs. For those of us at the crisis end this is part of the heartwarming onward journey for the family that we often dont hear about but so encouraged to know it happens for these traumatised and often stigmatised children. You can see how this all happens below and if you or anyone you know wants to help please contact them. ... See MoreSee Less
In May the Domestic Violence sector throughout the country held simultaneous candle light vigils to remember those who had died because of domestic and family violence. Norman Olsen from Toowoomba was one of the two bystanders who were among those who had been remembered and one of two who had died protecting women from harm being inflicted on them by a partner.. The man who caused Mr Olsen's death was sentenced yesterday. DVConnect would like to acknowledge the selflessness of Mr Olsen and also the impact of his death on his family. Article from the Courier Mail today. ... See MoreSee Less
Working in the graphic and complicated world of domestic violence prepares you for just about anything but every now and then you come across a story that just stops you in your tracks with anger and sadness not because you haven't heard it before but just because it does. This is one that stopped me today while I was trawling through some articles.
Again, it is another cold reminder of the relentless pursuit of the "coercive controller" who knows no barriers to his right to do as he will showing us that we have to do more to protect the women who are the focus of this self righteous criminal rage.
When the warning signs are there and often they are, we have a responsibility to act to protect more so now than ever before because we know so much more now. This just doesn't only happen in America. Queensland knows all too well how this story has played out.