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Pet Safety Program

Perpetrators of family violence often threaten or harm pets as a way of gaining power and control over women and children. A loved pet can be a very powerful tool, often used by perpetrators of family violence to threaten, bully and stop women and children from leaving their home. 

In many cases, women feel they need to stay in abusive relationships because they're worried about their pet, or don't know how to find alternative, affordable care for their pets.

This can place women, children and their pets at further risk of harm.

The EDVOS Pet Safety program focuses on risk assessment and safety planning for animals. As a result, this can help women make informed choices and decisions for themselves, their children and pets.

Our program is unfunded and needs support to assist with;

  • Payment for accommodation in animal shelters
  • Payment of vet fees for health and welfare checks on pets
  • Payment for pet / animal food, training and equipment

Once their pets are safe and secure in appropriate accommodation, women are often then are able to focus on their own needs and those of their children.

For more information on EDVOS services and programs visit our website at 

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PO Box 698

(03) 9259 4200

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We acknowledge that we live, work and deliver services, primarily on the lands of the Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung and Bunurong peoples of the Kulin nation. We honour Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples as the First Peoples and acknowledge their ongoing connection to country, land, language, Lore, stories, sea, sky and waterways. We pay our respects to all First Nations Peoples, Ancestors as well as Elders past and present. We acknowledge that sovereignty has never been ceded. We acknowledge that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and families continue to be disproportionately affected by family violence due to the ongoing impacts of colonisation.

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