Past Projects

Lucy’s Project Domestic Violence and Animal Abuse- International Perspectives, Conference 2016

Portside Conference Centre, near Wynyard Station, Sydney CBD, 5-6th November 2016

At our second annual conference, we are proud to bring international keynote speakers, father of the movement, Dr. Frank Ascione (Safe Haven For Pets)  USA, Allie Phillips ( SAF-T and TASK) USA  and the Links Group Scotland, Dr. Freda Scott-Park to speak about how the movement has grown and changed abroad. This year our focus is on how to turn theory into practice and increase the front line service support for animals and their human carers seeking refuge and recovery from domestic violence. We will look at successful strategies, solutions to challenges and look at ways we can increase collaboration and resource share. We will take a particular focus on housing animals with their humans in refuges, the veterinarians role and supporting children traumatised by witnessing abuse toward animals/empathy programs. Some organisations have chosen the conference to launch their new ventures and research. More speakers to be announced shortly.

International Keynote Speakers

Dr Scott-Park

Dr Freda Scott-Park, BVM&S, PhD, Hon.DVM&S, MRCVS

Freda is a veterinary surgeon living and working in Scotland.  She has been associated with the Links Group (a committed multi-agency interest group that promotes the welfare and safety of vulnerable children, animals and adults so that they are free from violence and abuse) since the first Links conference in November 2001.
At this conference, the veterinary profession were introduced to the concept of the “battered pet” and further research and clinical evidence was presented, which suggested that there are sometimes inter-relationships commonly referred to as ‘links’, between the abuse of children, vulnerable adults and animals.
During her time as President of the British Small Animal Veterinary Association and following that, as President of the British Veterinary Association, she sought to ensure that veterinary surgeons were made aware of their role in recognising animal abuse, and beyond that, the possibility of associated violence to humans in a violent home.
Freda is currently Chairman of the Links Group (UK), which aims to help all members – humans and animals – of families affected by domestic abuse.  The Links Group in the UK offers practical help and advice to vets and health professionals, as well as helping to make people understand why hurting humans and animals is unacceptable.

Dr. Frank Ascione, scholar in residence at the university of Denver


He is one of the most prolific and well known academics and thinkers in the movement who has inspired organisations such as Lucy’s Project to form around the world. He will be speaking about recent reforms in the USA, recognising the nexus between animal abuse and domestic violence. His presentation will be of particular interest to those interested in international law.


Frank R. Ascione’s recent research examines the common roots of violence toward people and animals and is directed at identifying an early indicator of at-risk status in children.

He has collaborated with human services, social work and child development staff working with abused children, with youth corrections personnel and with state shelters for women who are battered. His recent work has been supported by the American Humane Association, the Kenneth A. Scott Charitable Trust and the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation.

Ascione has provided information or testimony for the state legislatures of Utah, Ohio, Colorado, Tennessee and Washington regarding cruelty to animals legislation. He has appeared on CNN’s Live from the Headlines and The Oprah Winfrey Show, had his research cited in the New York Times, USA Todayand Oprah Winfrey’s magazine, O, and has been a guest on numerous local, national, and international TV and radio programs.

A member of the American Psychological Association, the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect, the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children, the International Society on Anthrozoology and the Society for Research on Child Development, Ascione serves on the Child and Animal Abuse Prevention Advisory Council of the Latham Foundation.

Dr. Frank Ascione will be speaking on law reform in the USA and recent changes which have affected animal protection from domestic violence. Known as a compelling and fascinating speaker and one of the longest standing voices of the movement, this presentation may be of particular interest to politicians, legal practitioners and advocates.

He is past president of the Southwestern Society for Research in Human Development and has been a member of the cadre of experts for The American Psychological Association’s Presidential Task Force on Violence and the Family.

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Allie Phillips, Author, Attorney, Advocate

Named one of America’s Top Animal Defenders of 2015
Founder, Sheltering Animals & Families Together (SAF-T)
Co-Creator, Therapy Animals Supporting Kids (TASK)
Award winning author of Defending the Defenseless: A Guide to Protecting and Advocating for Pets and How Shelter Pets are Brokered for Experimentation: Understanding Pound Seizure.

Allie will be giving two presentations- she will speak about SAF-T and TASK.

Allie Phillips (SAF-T) has developed the first global initiative guiding domestic violence shelters on how to house  companion animals with their humans. Phillips has developed a training manual and a passion for helping others around the world house animals and human victims safely together. Her presentation will be of special interest to anyone involved in the running or management of a shelter.

Dr. Freda Scott Park of the Links Group UK, will be speaking about  developments in both the UK and the EU and the actions occurring within those areas to recognise animal victims of domestic violence. Her presentation will be of particular interest to anyone interested in veterinary sciences, international law and the international movement.

This year we are grateful to the RSPCA NSW for their support in promoting the event. We look forward to hearing them speak on their Safe Beds for Pets program.

We will also be hearing presentations from:

Forensic veterinarian pathologist, Dr Lydia Tong

Nik Taylor, Tania Signal and Heather Fraser, Flinders University, “On the Margins-Taking the link to new grounds” a fascinating intersectional approach to the link between DV and animal abuse and its growth as a movement.

Anna Ludvik, founder of Lucy’s Project on the development of the Australian movement.

Police Domestic Violence Liaison Officers.

Love, Hope and Gratitude Foundation– co-housing animals and humans in South Australia

RSPCA Safe Beds for Pets Program

Draft Schedule of Presentations

Saturday 5th November

9.30-10.00- Anna and Lydia of Lucy’s Project- Introduction and welcome.

10.00-10.20 Brief Organisational Introductions –Open to the floor

10.20- 11.10 Frank R. Ascione, PHD, Scholar in residence, University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work –   “Animal Abuse and intimate partner violence- a research journey”

11.10-11.30 Morning tea break

11.30-11.50 AJP The Hon. Mark Pearson MLC, The Animal Justice Party policy on Domestic Violence and Animal Abuse.

11.50-12.45- Allie Phillips “Sheltering Animals & Families Together (SAF-T) ™: A Global Initiative that Saves Lives”.

12.45-1.30- Lunch Break

1.30-2.15 Dr. Freda Scott-Frank The Links Group, UK, “Shades of Violence”

2.15- 3.00 Allie Phillips- TASK (Therapy Animals Supporting Kids)

3.00-3.20 Afternoon Tea

3.20-4.05- Dr. Freda Scott- Park- “Does the Vet have a role in tackling abuse: in animals and humans?”

4.05- 4.45 – Panel of International Speakers- questions from the floor

4.45- 5.00 – Wrap up.

Saturday night dinner from 6.00pm at Bodhi.

Sunday 6th November

9.30-9.45 am Introduction to the second day- Anna Ludvik, Lucy’s Project

9.45-10- 00am Ingrid Reilly, NSW Police Domestic Violence Liaison officer.

10.00-10.30am Matt French, “NSW RSPCA- Safe Beds for Pets Program”.

10.30-11.00- Jenny Jackson, CEO EDVOS “Pets in Peril program report”.

11.00-11.20 Glyn Scott., founder, “Peace Love and Gratitude, Shelter for Animals and Pets”.

11.20-11.40 Morning tea

11.40-12.10- Dr. Lydia Tong, Forensic Veterinary Pathologist, Researcher and Vice President of Lucy’s Project.

12.10- 12.40- Richard Wainright and Lisa Craig, Peel Legal Centre, WA,“My Saving Grace” project report.

12.40-1.10- Amanda Greaney, DVSM, (title to be confirmed)

1.10-1.50 Lunch

1.50-2.20 Tania Signal and Nik Taylor “Taking the Link to new ground”.

2.20-2.50- Simone Hammond, “Safe Pets, Safe Families- Network Fostering of pets in crisis”

2.50-3.10 Afternoon tea

3.10-4.10 Open discussion Information sharing – Introduce your organisation and project, ask questions of other organisations.

4.10-4.30- Anna Ludvik, founder and President of Lucy’s Project, “ The movement in Australia- growth, change and future directions”

5.00 optional drinks- Sussex Hotel

Networking Dinner

We will hold a social dinner on Saturday 5th November to encourage networking.  Buy tickets from

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Coming to the Conference? General information

The nearest train station is Wynyard. Take the York street exit, turn left out of the station, turn left at the lights, walk down to Kent street, turn right and Portside Centre is on the left hand side of the road in the Symantec building. Entry will be marked.

Transport from Sydney Airport to your hotel- Airport Shuttle Ph 0283390155


Two hotels within short walking distance of the conference have been kind enough to offer us a discount  during the conference, Travelodge Wynyard and Amora Hotel Jamison Sydney.

Amora Jamison Sydney   has kindly offered us;
On the 5-6th November
Deluxe King\twin room – $325.00 per room per night – room only
Buffet breakfast – $25.00 per person per day
How to book:
Contact reservations on:
Email –
Phone – +61 2 9696 2500
Quote Booking ID – A-DVA1116

– All rooms required will be strictly subject to availability. Should the Deluxe rooms be sold out other room types will be quoted at the Best Available Rate of the Day.
– All bookings much be secured with a valid credit card taken at the time of booking. Payment for all rooms will be up to the individual responsible for that booking.
– Any rooms cancelled within 24 hours of arrival will be charged a one night penalty fee.

Travelodge Wynyard have kindly offered us;

Dates Applicable: 4th-7th of November 2016
Room Type: Guest Room – Room Only
Discounted Room Only Rate: 10% off the hotel’s best avaliable, room only rate – this discount cannot be used in conjunction with any other offers.
Buffet Breakfast Rate: If you wish to pre-book the hotel is happy to extend a discounted rate of $18.00 per person/per day.
Promotion Code: Lucy’s Project – To avail yourself of the special rate, please ensure you quote this reference when contacting the hotel.
Method of Booking – Please contact the hotel directly via phone or email (details as below) – this rate only applies to bookings made direct with Travelodge Wynyard .
Cancellation Policy – A 72 hour cancellation policy will apply to each booking, should guests wish to cancel or amend within this time fees will apply.
Payment –  You will be asked to provide a credit-card to secure the reservation upon making the booking, full payment will then be required upon check-in.

NOTE: As no rooms are physically held, the above discount is purely subject to availability and cannot be guaranteed. Contact the Travelodge Wynyard as soon as possible to assure your booking.

Click here to contact the Travelodge Wynyard.

Domestic Violence and Animal Abuse – Perspectives Conference 2015

Lord Byron Resort, Byron Bay 6-8th November 2015

The conference will approach complex issues from a range of perspectives including human-animal crisis services, vets and domestic violence, challenges faced by rural and remote Australians, children and animal abuse, the role of veterinary forensics and empathy and anti-violence education programs. There will also be the presentation of results from current research projects, talks from invited speakers and discussion and focus groups on a range of topical subjects. Meet, network, share and learn from professionals, academics, students and other people working in this area from across the country.

Speakers include;
Dr Catherine Tiplady, author of Animal Abuse: Helping Animals and People
Gillian Cohen, General Manager, Domestic Violence Service Management NSW
Dr Di Evans, RSPCA SA Animal Welfare Advocate
Sandra Ma & Matt French, Safe Beds for Pets Program, RSPCA NSW
Lisa Peel and Richard Wainwright, Saving Grace Project, WA
Dr Lydia Tong, Veterinary Pathologist, University of Sydney/Department of Primary Industries NSW

Email for more information or buy your tickets at

Lucy’s First Birthday Appeal

Founder Anna Ludvik presents a cheque for $1300 to Animal Rights and Rescue Group

Founder Anna Ludvik presents a cheque for $1300 to Animal Rights and Rescue Group

For many families, pets are as much a part of the family as any other human member. Often the only source of comfort to an abused child or adult, a victim will not leave a violent home whilst knowing the animal is left defenseless.

Often the perpetrator of violence knows that to hurt the animal is to hurt the victims themselves, using the animal as a form of psychological abuse or means to control the victim.  Without a safe place to take the animal, there is no end to the cycles of violence.  Local shelters play a vital part in breaking the cycle and without them, many more animals, children and adults would be at risk of enduring further violence.

Lucy’s Project recognizes that many human victims of domestic violence will not leave their homes until they know their animals will be safe from harm. Animal Rights and Rescue in Lismore offers a safe place for animals in need, many victims of domestic violence. Working with local organisations, ARRG is often called upon to find safe homes for animals in danger. Without ARRG, many animals would have nowhere to go.

See their website, for more information about their work.

We are proud to have raised $1300 for ARRG through Lucy’s First Birthday Appeal. Thank you to all who have contributed.

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