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DVNSW Survey on Animals and People experiencing domestic and family violence

Animals are an important source of comfort and companionship for victim-survivors of DFV and their children. Perpetrators often use violence towards animals as a form of coercion and control: to threaten, silence, inflict emotional and psychological harm and to coerce victim-survivors into returning.

The NSW Government is exploring ways to improve system and service responses to animal abuse in DFV contexts and in May this year, Minister Speakman announced the government will provide additional funding to services to allow animals to be accommodated in women’s refuges or animal shelters.

To support this work and take an informed approach to improve the safety of people and animals experiencing DFV, DVNSW would greatly value hearing your insights via our survey.

Click here to take the survey