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Past Conference 2018

Lucy’s Project Domestic Violence and Animal Abuse- Strategic and Practical Perspectives, Conference 2018- 22nd -23rd September 2018. Hosted by the University of Melbourne. Proudly sponsored by;

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Lucy’s Project is proud to present our third conference, Domestic Violence and Animal Abuse -Strategic and Practical Perspectives on September 22-23rd, proudly hosted by the University of Melbourne, School of Social Sciences and Melbourne Veterinary School and supported by EDVOS, Merri Health and Cherished Pets.

With the link between human victims/survivors of domestic violence and animal abuse clearly established, this conference looks to the practical and strategic solutions to some of the biggest issues facing our movement. Moving into an era of greater inter-agency communication and collaboration, we look toward a future where we can create useful referral pathways, increase survivor access to existing services and work together to build services nation wide. We’ll explore solutions to;

-The need for co-housing people with their companion animals (pets) in emergency and transitional as well as in long-term housing,

-Addressing the trauma experienced by young people having been exposed to violence against animals, vets/vet nurses who suspect non-accidental injury in an animal and an at –risk human client/children,

-Crisis foster care networks,

-Companion animal registration and ownership issues/traceability in cases of DFV

-Enforcement and legal recognition, procedural and administrative roadblocks

-Council Collaboration

-Developing a National Strategy

-Multi-sector Practices and Risk Assessment tools

This jam-packed weekend will also feature a workshop for vets/vet nurses (with CPD points available) on Sunday afternoon, on identifying non-accidental injury to animals, at risk clients and referral pathways, with separate tickets available for those who will not attend the rest of the conference.

We will hold a networking dinner on the Saturday Evening, open to everyone, at Maccaroni Osteria. (Tickets essential)

Tickets to the conference, dinner and Vet/Vet Nurses workshop available from

(Full conference tickets include tea, coffee, morning and afternoon teas and lunch on both days.)


University of Melbourne Parkville :

Kwong Lee Dow building, Lecture room 230  

234 Queensberry St, Carlton VIC 3053

Draft Agenda

Click here for more information about sessions.



There will be two workshops, running simultaneously from 12.45-4.30pm on Sunday 23rd September. All conference delegates are invited to attend the workshop of their choice and tickets are also issued separately for those who wish to only attend the workshop


Workshop 1 – Vets and Vet Nurses -Identifying non-accidental injury (clinical aspects) , risk assessment and management and  referral pathways. (CPD points available)

While there is mounting evidence that veterinarians recognise the relationship between domestic violence and pet abuse, the perceived role of veterinarians in addressing the link is variable. Studies of small animal veterinarians in Australia, North America and New Zealand find that while the majority of veterinarians acknowledge an association between pet abuse and family violence, and feel that they should act if pet abuse and/or domestic violence is suspected, many do not believe they have adequate relevant training to intervene. This series of seminars is aimed at:

  • understanding the link between family violence and pet abuse
  • improving recognition of pet abuse
  • creating a safe “space” in your veterinary clinic for human and animal victims of family violence
  • describing the events that unfold after reports are made
  • elucidating the possible roles that veterinary professionals and organisations fill

This series of lectures and workshops will be delivered by experts in veterinarians with expertise in forensics, imaging, emergency and critical care, hospice and the human-animal bond, and police and domestic violence specialists.

 For more information about the vet workshop-

Workshop 2- Developing a national strategy and the future direction of Lucy’s Project and Building services for co-housing and supporting human and animal survivors of domestic violence.

Hosted by Lucy’s Project founder, Anna Ludvik, this workshop will offer an opportunity to give your feedback, ideas, criticism or support to the draft national strategy suggested on the first day of the conference. We will also seek feedback from members on which direction you feel Lucy’s Project should be focussed in coming years. Lucy’s Project is established first and foremost to support and help nurture and grow member organisations to raise awareness of the cause and its practical solutions- your feedback is vital.

A panel of services including crisis foster care, co-housing shelters,  large animal sanctuaries and more, will share their knowledge and experience in creating shelters. An opportunity for those working in the sector to share information, resources and troubleshoot difficulties as well as those looking to set up services or become more involved in existing services.

Tickets available

Full Price Admission- $325  (Includes Morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea, workshop of your choice)

One day tickets- $185

Vet workshop tickets – $100/$75/$50

Solidarity tickets– Many of our most hardworking members volunteer their time, often survivors of domestic violence themselves and recipients of Centrelink benefits. The conference is a valuable resource for them and their experience a valuable contribution to the conference. By buying a solidarity ticket you can help those who could otherwise not attend bring their voice to the table and increase inclusivity.

Workshop only tickets available now.

Solidarity- full- $285


Solidarity donation- $10. Increase your donation by increasing the quantity of ‘tickets’. For example, 2 tickets would be a donation of $20 towards a members ticket.

We will also be holding a networking dinner on the Saturday evening at the stunning Maccaroni Osteria in Clifton Hill. A delicious, cruelty free, three course meal and a drink are included. These are always a fun night out where conversations can be continued. A relaxed environment with good food, raising money for Lucy’s Project. Tickets $70. (Tickets include transport from the conference venue and back for those who require it. Pick up from Rydges on Swanston also available)

For more information, email

We still have a limited number of spaces left for presenters. Please get in touch with us urgently if you are hoping to speak this year.

Accomodation discount available at Rydges on Swanston,

Standard King Room with breakfast, $199 during the period  21 September and 24th September for Lucy’s Project conference delegates. Please call (03) 9347 7811 and ask to speak with  Marley, Ishan, Anthony or Jennifer to secure your discount rate.

Thank you Rydges!

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