The Link Between Family Violence & Animal Cruelty:  A Community-Wide Approach to Breaking the Cycle of Abuse

Presented by:
Sheltering Animals of Abuse Victims (SAAV)

 

Conference Schedule

8:00-8:30 Registration 

8:30-8:45
Welcome Remarks - Megan Senatori, SAAV Co-Founder

8:45-9:45
Vulnerable Together: The Link between Family Violence and Animal Cruelty
Panel discussion regarding firsthand experiences with the link between domestic violence and animal abuse.
Moderator: ?
Speakers: Mallory Saurer, DAIS; Phil Arkow, National LINK Coalition
        
9:45-10:45
The Role of Vets in Recognizing and Preventing Abuse
Panel discussion regarding the role of veterinarians in recognizing and preventing animal abuse and family violence.
Moderator:
Speakers: Dr. Yvonne Bellay,
 
10:45-11:00 Break

11:00-12:00
The Investigation of Crimes Against Animals
Panel discussion regarding the role of law enforcement officers in recognizing and preventing animal abuse and family violence, as well as firsthand experiences with this. 
Moderator:
Speakers: Detective Lindsey Ludden at the MDP (PENDING); John Thompson, National Sheriffs’ Association

12:00-1:00 Lunch Break (lunch not provided)

1:00-2:30
Legal Strategies for Addressing the Link Between Family Violence & Animal Cruelty
Panel discussion regarding criminal and civil legal strategies to address the importance of considering animal as well as human welfare.  
Moderator:
Speakers: Diane Balkin, ALDF; Joe Goode, Laffey, Leitner, and Goode

2:30-2:45 Break

2:45-4:15
Advocacy in Action: How Community Stakeholders Can Effect Change for all Victims of Family Violence
Panel discussion regarding community stakeholders’ challenges, strategies and solutions to combat the link and support all victims of family violence. 
Moderator:
Speakers: Bob Schwalb, HEART; Megan Senatori, SAAV; Tess Meuer, Domestic Abuse Wisconsin

4:15
Closing Remarks - Pamela Hart, SAAV Co-Founder 

4:30-6:30
Guest Speaker - Dr. Patricia McConnell