The body of knowledge about the relationship between animal cruelty and interpersonal violence is long, deep, and consistent. Effective responses were slow to develop but that is changing too, and there is a growing recognition of the need to provide policies and programs to help survivors of family violence and their companion animals. What’s available? What is still needed? The purpose of this webinar is threefold:
To provide some background on the considerable research and experience that demonstrate the relationship between animal cruelty and interpersonal violence, esp. domestic violence/child abuse/elder abuse;
To acquaint attendees with the policies, practices, and programs that have evolved to respond to the needs of those experiencing this combination of family violence, such as the inclusion of pets on protection orders; and
To provide a list of resources available to those who work with this group of survivors.