The Link Between Family Violence & Animal Cruelty: A Community-Wide Approach to Breaking the Cycle of Abuse
Sheltering Animals of Abuse Victims (SAAV)
Welcome Remarks - Megan Senatori, SAAV Co-Founder
Vulnerable Together: The Link between Family Violence and Animal Cruelty
Panel discussion regarding firsthand experiences with the link between domestic violence and animal abuse.
Speakers: Mallory Saurer, DAIS; Phil Arkow, National LINK Coalition
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.
Speakers: Dr. Yvonne Bellay,
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.
Speakers: Detective Lindsey Ludden at the MDP (PENDING); John Thompson, National Sheriffs’ Association
12:00-1:00 Lunch Break (lunch not provided)
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.
Speakers: Diane Balkin, ALDF; Joe Goode, Laffey, Leitner, and Goode
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.
Speakers: Bob Schwalb, HEART; Megan Senatori, SAAV; Tess Meuer, Domestic Abuse Wisconsin
Closing Remarks - Pamela Hart, SAAV Co-Founder
Guest Speaker - Dr. Patricia McConnell