A case for canine counsel
At the Goulburn Valley Centre Against Sexual Assault, a black labrador is sitting quietly, observing a young girl while she plays in a sandbox. As the girl, a victim of sexual abuse, talks to the counsellor, she glances over at Coop and sometimes touches the dog, as if looking to her for reassurance.
Before Coop came to visit the centre, the young girl rarely spoke and was anxious and clingy when separated from her mother, says her counsellor Neta Kirby. Now, as soon as she sees Coop, the girl takes hold of the dog’s collar and follows her happily into the counselling session.
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Support dog trial for OPP witnesses
Coop, the witness support dog that featured in the December issue of the Law Institute Journal, has been taken on in a pilot program by the Office of Public Prosecutions (OPP). The three-year-old black Labrador has been sitting in with sexual offences case witnesses as they give evidence at the remote witness facility at the Office.
K9 Support in the Papers
From The Age to The Herald Sun, The Border Mail and The Benalla Ensign, K9 Support are attracting attention of the media.