Pet care a comfort for family violence victims CRISIS accommodation is now available for women, children and their pets fleeing family violence. The Eastern Domestic Violence Service (EDVOS) says pets can play a significant role in family dynamics and it is importance to also support them when women and children are fleeing family violence. EDVOS now has accommodation available at three crisis properties in Melbourne’s eastern metropolitan area that can safely accommodate women, children and their pets – each equipped with kennels, pet food and other animal amenities. The service is also working with Women’s Liberation Halfway House (WLHH) to provide the first specialist pet-friendly women’s refuge in Victoria by the end of June. “Women and children go through unspeakable trauma during family violence and being forced to abandon one of their only comforts causes further emotional damage,” EDVOS executive director Jenny Jackson said. “EDVOS pet-friendly crisis properties and WLHH refuge can save lives, both human and animal. The knowledge that these shelters are out there, and that they are increasing in numbers is a bright spot in the ugly reality of family violence. “Hundreds of women, children and their beloved pets across Victoria are constrained in violent relationships because the fear and practicalities of leaving are just too overwhelming. Let’s hope this can now start to change.”
Ms Jackson said research shows that 53 per cent of women in violent relationships with pets reported their animals had also been abused or threatened. Welfare workers or women in distress can call EDVOS 9am-8pm Monday to Friday or 9am-5pm Saturdays on 9259 4200.
Adopt a greyhound A “50 Shades of Grey” adoption promotion ending next Sunday (25 March) is aimed at finding new homes for 30 greyhounds from the RSPCA Victoria’s Animal Care Centres. RSPCA Victoria animal care manager Liz Walker said the dogs had distinct personalities. “We have excitable, attention-seeking greys through to docile, shy gentle giants,” Ms Walker said. Most are exempt from having to wear muzzles in public and come with a reduced $50 adoption fee. “Greyhounds are intelligent, friendly dogs with a gentle and sensitive temperament. They are well suited to a variety of different lifestyles and homes, which is why they continue to be one of our most popular dogs among those adopting,” Ms Walker said. “Although they are often bred for sprinting, most greyhounds do not require much exercise and will happily curl up on their owner’s couch.” The RSPCA Peninsula Centre is at 1030 Robinsons Road, Pearcedale.
Powering up: Mornington Peninsula mayor Bryan Payne with the electric vehicles being trialled by the Shire. Picture: Supplied
Shire takes charge on road AS part of its commitment to become “carbon neutral” Mornington Peninsula Shire is trying out electric cars with a view to having them become part of vehicle fleet. “Electric vehicles can have zero tailpipe emissions when powered by renewable energy and will be considered in our efforts to lead the way on tackling the climate change challenge,” the mayor Cr Bryan Payne said.
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The acting manager climate change, energy and water Melissa Burrage said all staff and counciullors had been invited to participate in the one-week trial of the electric Renault Zoe and Kangoo. Other ways of minimising carbon emissions adopted by the shire include replacing more than 10,000 street lights with LED globes, developing a carbon neutral policy and consolidat-
ing waste services. The shire has also paid for councillors and officers to go overseas to hear about alternative waste technologies; adapting to climate change; managing fires, cyclones and floods. “It’s important we continue to learn from our peers and join other local government delegates to foster and strengthen the exchange of information and experience,” Cr Payne said.
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