Keeping our Pets Safe is working to enhance and coordinate the northern metropolitan region’s response to pets in the context of family violence, particularly in relation to local councils, but also of the integrated family violence service system and animal welfare agencies e.g. Lort Smith.
One in three women delays leaving family violence situations due to concerns about leaving their pets behind, according to recent research.
Merri Health’s Victims Assistance Program, who are funded by Department of Justice and Regulation, have been coordinating the project since its inception. The Project Team currently includes representatives from the seven Northern Metropolitan Councils, Victoria Police Family Violence Teams, and the Northern Integrated Family Violence Services.