National Workshop Teaches Agencies How to ‘Protect People and Pets’

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New research reveals pet abuse is common in the lives of battered women. As many as 48 percent of domestic violence victims remain in abusive homes out of concern for leaving their pets behind. Protecting People and Pets is a workshop designed to raise awareness about the connections between domestic violence and animal cruelty.

The goals of the program are to teach participants how to increase resources for victims and their pets and to increase interagency communication and collaboration in the community. Specific focus will be given to developing and maintaining safe haven programs for pets of domestic violence victims.

This workshop is relevant to anyone who works with families, individuals or animals who may be affected by incidents of domestic abuse. This includes animal care and control organizations, veterinarians, veterinary technicians, animal boarding facilities, social service workers, counselors, educators, law enforcement, probation officers, humane investigators, animal and family crisis advocates, medical and mental health professionals, public health officials, legislators, judges, court officials, attorneys, community and religious leaders interested in preventing violence and cruelty in their communities.

Protecting People and Pets is made possible through Humane Society University and The Anti-Cruelty Society.

The workshop is scheduled for April 22 at The Anti-Cruelty Society in Chicago. Registration is $60; please register online by April 8. Late registration sometimes is accepted. For group or late registrations, contact Frances Gaeta directly at fgaeta@humanesociety.org or 301-548-7731. 

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