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The impact of family violence on pets

Published: 27 May 2019

One woman is killed, and countless others injured, every week, from family violence. Beloved companion animals, too, are also at risk of cruelty, or worse, at the hands of domestic violence perpetrators. Some women remain in violent relationships because they are unable to take their animals with them if they flee, and fear what will happen to them if they are left behind.

Recorded at Avid Reader on 8 May 2017


Heather Fraser - Associate Professor of Social Work, Queensland University of Technology

Nik Taylor - Human Services program, University of Canterbury, NZ.

Christine Craik - Lecturer in social work, RMIT University; National President, Australian Association of Social Workers.

Listen to the discussion on ABC online.

AASW - Australian Association of Social Workers