The NSW Department of Communities and Justice has developed a grants program to support victim-survivors of domestic and family violence to leave violent situations without worrying about the safety of their pets.
The Domestic and Family Violence Pets and Animal Welfare Support (DFV PAWS) program has provided grants of between $3,000 and $40,000 to eligible organisations. The grant program is now closed and successful applicants have been contacted.
The grants were available to organisations that provide either of the following services in NSW:
DFV PAWS Grants were available in two streams:
Stream One for women’s refuges and other crisis accommodation providers to become more pet friendly.
Stream Two for animal welfare organisations to develop new or improve existing animal shelter services for people fleeing DFV.
The Department of Communities and Justice is pleased to announce that the following organisations have been awarded DFV PAWS grants:
|Organisation name||STREAM 1 OR 2||Address|
|Southern Women’s Group Incorporated||2||Bega Valley Shire Council|
|Orana Support Services Incorporated||1||Dubbo Regional Council|
|Liberty Domestic and Family Violence Specialist Services Inc.||1||Port Macquarie-Hastings Council|
|Carrie’s Place Domestic Violence and Homelessness Services Inc.||1||Maitland City Council|
|Nova for Women and Children||1||Newcastle City Council|
|Linking Communities Network Ltd||1||Griffith City Council|
|Hills Cat Rescue||2||The Hills Shire Council|
|Parramatta Women's Shelter||1||Council of the City of Parramatta|
|Molonglo Support Services Ltd||1||Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council|
|Housing Plus||1||Orange City Council|
|City of Sydney Council and Sutherland Shire Council Animal Shelter||2||Council of the City of Sydney
Sutherland Shire Council
|Goulburn Veterinary Clinic||2||Goulburn Mulwaree Council|
|Tamworth Family Support Service PTY LTD||1||Tamworth Regional Council|
|Gunida Gunyah Aboriginal Corporation||1||Gunnedah Shire Council|
|CatholicCare Western Sydney and the Blue Mountains||2||Penrith City Council|
|Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals New South Wales (RSPCA NSW)||2||Canterbury Bankstown Council|
|Bonnie Support Services Ltd.||1||Fairfield City Council|
|Heavy Horse Heaven Incorporated||2||Upper Lachlan Shire Council|
|Campbelltown City Council||2||Campbelltown City Council|
12 Nov 2021
We acknowledge Aboriginal people as the First Nations Peoples of NSW and pay our respects to Elders past, present, and future.
Informed by lessons of the past, Department of Communities and Justice is improving how we work with Aboriginal people and communities. We listen and learn from the knowledge, strength and resilience of Stolen Generations Survivors, Aboriginal Elders and Aboriginal communities.
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