ACT (Awareness, Collaboration, Tools) Project for Women with Animals Experiencing Gender-Based Violence

What is the ACT Project?

The ACT Project aims to address systemic barriers to help-seeking, safety planning and support services for women with animals (companion, farm, and service) experiencing Gender-Based Violence. This project falls under the scope of Humane Canada’s ground-breaking Criminal Justice System Reform Program, which integrates the Canadian Violence Link Coalition (CVLC), the National Centre for the Prosecution of Animal Cruelty (NCPAC) and the legislative and policy changes needed to support the goals of the NCPAC and CVLC.  

To contribute to lasting systemic change, the ACT Project will build on the foundational work of the CVLC to confront the human-animal Violence Link by raising awareness, improving cross-sector collaboration and offering practical options, response policies, and improved support systems.  

Over the next 2+ years, Humane Canada will engage key multi-sectoral stakeholders from help-seeking or safety planning sectors, including women’s shelters, anti-violence organizations, social services, child protection organizations, the police, the veterinary profession, and animal protection enforcement. The project will also seek to address the needs of underrepresented groups of women with animals experiencing Gender-Based Violence, including Indigenous, OLMC, and rural women.  
 
If you are interested in learning more about this exciting initiative or getting involved, please get in touch with the ACT Program Manager, Jasmine Ferreira: jasmine@humanecanada.ca or Criminal Justice System Reform Program Manager, Hannah Brown: hannah@humanecanada.ca

Humane Canada™ acknowledges the financial support of Women and Gender Equality Canada for this project.