Preventing Abuse: People and Animals Working Group
Sentient is delighted to announce the establishment of its "Preventing Abuse: People and Animals Working Group (PAWG)". The working group is directed by Dr Catherine Tiplady and Dr Di Evans , two veterinarians who use research, education, advocacy and practical measures to tackle the complex issue of animal abuse, including where it links to abuse of people. The group aims to bring together veterinarians, researchers, and educators who can develop evidence-based, ethical, and effective strategies to address specific issues of animal abuse in Australia.
Of particular focus will be violence towards animals in the home. It is now understood that pets are all too commonly abused in homes where there is also domestic or family violence. It can be estimated that up to 300,000 pets are at risk in violent Australian homes. These pets are suffering behind closed doors in the one place that they should be safe. Pet abuse in these circumstances is used as a method of inflicting distress and fear on human victims, in many cases to prevent them from leaving. This working group promotes research on understanding the links between animal abuse and domestic and family violence, and on methods for diagnosing animal abuseIts aim is to improve the way the veterinary profession and others respond to this hugely important welfare issue, one which has a devastating effect on the lives of countless animals and the people who love them. Dr Evans will focus on the critically important area of developing and promoting methods of preventing abuse. Dr Evans brings to this role over 20 years of experience using education and advocacy to improve animal welfare and prevent abuse. Her expertise will allow the group to turn knowledge into action - to help stop abuse before it happens.
The “Preventing Abuse: People and Animals Working Group” would be delighted to hear from veterinarians, researchers, or other professionals who work in the realms of animal abuse or animal-human violence and are interested in collaborating. We look forward to updating Sentient members and the wider community about the group’s plans, projects, and outcomes.
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