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

Hosted by the University of Melbourne, School of Social Work, Melbourne Veterinary School and proudly partnering with Cherished Pets, EDVO and Merri Health, this years conference will focus on growing the movement and services by examining practical and strategic approaches to protecting people with animals affected by family and domestic violence.

On the 22nd of September (Saturday) we will hold presentations which focus on the ‘how to’ of the movement, practical initiatives, how to avoid pitfalls, plan adequately and roll out effective strategy. We will also start to examine the Lucy’s Project proposed national strategy which is intended to be a collaborative project to highlight  all aspects of the sector, where growth is needed, where advocacy should be focussed and where we can work together.

On 23rd September (Sunday) we will continue presentations and then break into workshops for the afternoon.  Three workshops will be offered.

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

This workshop will appeal to veterinary professionals who are often faced with an animal they suspect is the victim of domestic violence. What do you do if you suspect the animal might be returned to the home to be exposed to further violence? What do you do if you suspect the human client might also be at risk?

Workshop 2- Building services for co-housing and supporting human and animal survivors of domestic violence.

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.

Workshop 3- Developing a national strategy and the future direction of Lucy’s Project.

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.

Tickets available

Early Bird tickets- $285 (includes Morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea, workshop of your choice) Available until June 25th. Hurry!

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

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 soon.

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 (Location TBC). 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.

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.

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