Family Violence and Animal Cruelty: How prosecuting animal abuse can save lives.

Start Time/Date: 10:00 AM Wednesday, June 3, 2020
End Time/Date: 12:00 PM Wednesday, June 3, 2020
ADDRESS: Webinar

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Family Violence and Animal Cruelty: 
How prosecuting animal abuse can save lives.

A free webinar brought to you by
PDAI and the Humane Society of the United States. 

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There is a significant correlation between domestic/intimate partner violence and violence against animals (often referred to as “the link”). We also know that victims of domestic violence will often refuse to leave their abusers out of fear that their beloved pet would be harmed, and not having a safe place that will shelter them both. One study found that at least 87% of victims felt that if they had access to a facility that allowed them to bring their pets, their decision to leave would be easier. Largely because of this important link, The National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA) formed an animal cruelty committee, and acts of animal abuse are now tracked alongside felony crimes like arson, assault, and homicide in the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s criminal database. This seminar will review the relationship between animal abuse and DV, while encouraging a multidisciplinary approach (between law enforcement, prosecutors, child protective services, domestic violence shelters, etc.) to facilitate communication, collaboration and keep communities safe.


Ms. Erin Aiello, Esquire
Assistant District Attorney
Northwestern District Attorney’s Office (MA)


This FREE WEBINAR is available to all members of the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association but is limited to the first 90 registrants. Registrants will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. The last day to register is May 27, 2020. To register, please submit your email address above.

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This webinar is worth 1.5 substantive CLE credits. 


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