Action project proposal
I volunteer with Link Coalition of Minnesota (LCM). â€? Our vision is to create a compassionate and safe community for animals and people. Our mission is to work together to resolve human/animal violence through education, social justice, and program development. We will 1) raise awareness and educate about the link between human and animal violence and 2) establish safe housing for pets of families entering shelters for victims of domestic violence.â€? We celebrated our first anniversary last month. After a year of organization, we are committed to moving forward on our agendas. As an all volunteer organization, we could really use a jump start in a few areas. Jane Hunt, our chair person, emailed me with a few ideas to consider: In the Education part: 1) develop coalition website with research etc. I have a huge amount of research and where to go to get to. Some other work has been done in this area. We really need a format to put it all. 2) Develop a traveling booth with stats etc. We would like this for the First Strike workshop on March 27, 2009 held at Cornerstone. 3) Statewide fact sheet and resources, this could also include brochure or written materials about LCM history etc.
Safe-housing (for pets): Amy would love help with the survey and interviews for needs assessment and questions to add for Battered Women's Shelter intake. I'm sure that group could help with clarifying what that would look like.
For those who are unfamiliar with the link between domestic abuse and animal abuse, I recommend two of the many research articles (you can easily access through UMN online journals):
J Interpers Violence 2007; 22; 1211 Exploring the link between pet abuse and controlling behaviors in violent relations
J Interpers Violence 2003; 18; 1367 To leave or to stay?: Battered womenâ€™s concern for battered pets.
Our speaker from Cornerstone may speak to this subject Tuesday evening.
I have a more detailed LCM action agenda which I could share on our course website if desired.
Thanks for your consideration, Lorna