Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Pets the Forgotten Victims; Police Sniff out New Partnership

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Pets the Forgotten Victims; Police Sniff out New Partnership

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Byline: Andrew Thorpe andrew.thorpe@gladstoneobserver.com.au

FAMILY pets are often among the victims of domestic and family violence - but they can also help people cope with its effects.

Senior Constable Wendy Brooks said pets were a source of comfort for victims straight after a domestic violence incident occurred.

"Children often seek comfort with the family pet when exposed to domestic violence," she said.

The Gladstone Police Crime Prevention Unit is teaming up with the RSPCA and the Gladstone Coordinated Community Response to Domestic and Family Violence to offer support to domestic violence victims and their pets by holding a crime prevention display at the Million Paws Walk on Sunday, May 21.

Police will be available to talk about how pets are affected by domestic violence, and will be providing free dog tags with the DV Connect phone number and space to engrave your pet's name.

"The aim of the dog tag is to provide the community with a reminder that there is help and support available for people experiencing domestic and family violence," Senior Constable Brooks said. …

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