About Lucy’s Project
“I endorse the work of Lucy’s Project in their quest to improve the lives of animal victims of domestic violence and the lives of the human victims who love them” Rosie Batty
At its core, the project aims to raise awareness of animals in violent homes. Sadly, animals are often harmed as a means of psychological abuse and torture for human victims of domestic violence. The abuser threatens, tortures or harms the animal as a way of controlling the human victims. Often a person will not leave the family home or will return to a violent home, for fear of what will happen to the animals. Without a safe shelter for the animal, human victims remain in danger too.
Lucy’s Project is also concerned about the children who bear witness to animal abuse and torture in the family home. Animals have a special place in the fantasy lives of children. To see a cherished pet harmed causes deep psychological trauma to a child. Unfortunately this often leads to a normalisation of animal cruelty.
This is an “aha” cause. Whilst at first, many people think that animal abuse and domestic violence must be two unrelated issues, when it’s explained, most peoples first reaction is, “Of course!”. Usually, peoples second reaction is to recount a story of when they have witnessed this kind of abuse in their own experiences. the DV/AA link is a secret in plain sight.
Lucy’s Project has sought, over the past 4 years to be an umbrella organisation bringing together the many different organisations in Australia working toward improving the lives of families with animals fleeing domestic violence. We have become the peak organisation in Australia and we communicate with other peak organisations in other countries. Each year we hold a conference attended by organisations around the country and in 2016, from the USA, UK and New Zealand.
Lucy’s Project has the following objects:
– to reduce and prevent the use of animals as a tool to control and perpetuate violence against humans
-to raise awareness of the link between animal abuse and domestic violence
-to fund studies into the prevention of abuse
Ancillary to these objectives, the organisation will also
– Raise awareness of the animal victims of domestic violence
-support shelters and services that offer assistance to animal victims
-fund studies into the incidents of animal abuse
-fund early intervention programs and research
-create a network of organisations and individuals working in the field
Lucy’s Project is an incorporated association with big goals. Working with psychologists, lawyers, community interest groups, domestic violence services and the wider community, we aim to protect animals while offering hope for both children and adult victims of domestic violence.
Who was Lucy?
Lucy’s Project is in memory of Lucy, stillborn on 4th June 2013. In Lucy’s name, her mother was determined that innocent animal and human victims of domestic violence would have their voices heard. Lucy’s Project was conceived on the day that Lucy died. Forever loved, missed and wanted by both her parents, her legacy lives on in the message of hope that Lucy’s Project brings.
Please support us by making a donation to
Lucy’s Project, Newcastle Permanent BSB 650 300 ACC 513837906.
We always look forward to hearing from people working on similar projects or who would like to get involved with fundraising.
Lucy’s Project inc. ABN 24 166471969