This year Gladstone Police Crime Prevention Unit have partnered with RSPCA and
Gladstone Coordinated Community Response to Domestic and Family Violence Group (CCRDFV) for Domestic Violence awareness month.
The RSPCA host their Million Paws walk on Sunday May 21 at Tannum Sands, Canoe Point Park Walk starting at 8am.
Police will hold a Crime Prevention Display to bring about awareness of Pets affected by Domestic and Family Violence. Police are providing free dog tags at the event with the DV connect phone number and space to engrave your pets name.
The ‘Pets in Crisis’ is an initiative of RSPCA and DV Connect that provides an avenue to care for animals and allow aggrieves to leave an abusive environment. Statistics indicate that aggrieves often stay in an abusive environment due to them not being able to take their family pet. The initiative highlights the element of harm to pets or threats to harm pets being utilised by respondents to exert power and control over an aggrieved. Issuing dog tags to families in the Gladstone area will provide easy access to the DV connect phone number. This will provide a means for an aggrieved to be reminded of the available services and use the number to access assistance.
Often pets are a source of comfort and companionship straight after an incident of Domestic and Family Violence. Children also often seek comfort with the family pet when exposed to domestic and family violence.
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.