For hundreds of Queensland pet lovers, the decision to leave their home is made all the more difficult when the need to leave is due to escalating or persistent domestic or family violence. Sadly – many remain in violent and fearful relationships because the fear and practical challenges of leaving are just too overwhelming.
To compound the challenge, places available in refuges for the victims of domestic and family violence are scarce, and in Queensland there are no safe houses or refuges that are able to accommodate companion animals
DVConnect counsellors regularly speak to women and some men whose pets are threatened or actually hurt by abusive partners in order to frighten and control them into staying in violent relationships. For others, especially the children, moving without their special companions at this time compounds the stress and sense of loss and makes the trauma they are facing in their family life that much more intense
Thanks to this innovative partnership between DVConnect and RSPCA Qld and with support from the Animal Welfare League of Qld, who also generously offer their assistance, as well as other animal welfare groups around the state, pets can now be moved to safe locations and cared for in loving situations until their owners circumstances have changed for the better.
Knowing that their pets will be cared for and that they can be reunited as soon as they can get back on their feet is sometimes the catalyst for many women having the courage to take that vital step towards leaving a violent domestic situation and protecting themselves, their children and just as importantly their pets.
COOKLEGAL is proud to partner with Pets in Crisis over the 2016/2017 and 2017/2018 financial years to support this vital service.
69 Ann Street
Brisbane Q 4000
PO BOX 3086
Norman Park Q 4170
P 07 3399 4534
COOKLEGAL provided financial and in-kind assistance to the Women's Legal Service during the 206/2016 financial year.
We were also the major sponsor for the 2016 Women's Legal Service Corporate Clothing Pop Up Event which raised over $10,000 for the service.
We will continue to provide support for Women's Legal Service events into the future, including the annual White Ribbon Day Breakfast to ensure that Queensland women receive free legal advice and social work services in relation to their Domestic Violence and Family Law matters from this important service.
COOKLEGAL invites feedback on the quality of our firm and services. If you feel you have received an inadequate or inappropriate service, or have ideas on how we can improve our firm or services, we would like to hear from you.
Please feel free to mention any concerns to the Solicitor dealing with your case.
You may also put your feedback or complaint in writing noted ‘In Confidence”
By post to:-
PO Box 3086
Norman Park Q 4170
OR to send an email use the contact form above.
COOKLEGAL takes client feedback and complaints very seriously. We use a fair and uniform approach to ensure issues are dealt with in a consistent and timely manner. We will keep you informed of the progress and outcome of any investigation or changes made as a result of your feedback.
We offer appointments via Skype, telephone or in person depending on your requirements both during and outside regular office hours.
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