Family Violence and Animal Cruelty: Web Based CLE

Start Time/Date: 12:00 AM Monday, November 2, 2020
End Time/Date: 11:59 PM Friday, November 27, 2020
ADDRESS: Web Based Training

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Family Violence and Animal Cruelty: Web Based CLE

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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 Web Based Training is available to all members of the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association. The last day to register and watch the video is November 27, 2020. To register, please submit your email address above. 

How to Watch

Once you complete registration for this web based training, an email will be sent to you with your CLE form, course materials and a link to watch the video at your leisure. Please do not wait until the last day to watch the video. Too many people watching the video at one time will slow the video and affect the quality of your viewing experience. Once you have watched the video, please email your completed CLE form to no later than November 30, 2020.


This web based training is worth 1.5 substantive CLE credits. You must watch the entire presentation to receive credit. Partial credit will not be given. To receive credit you must email your completed CLE form to no later than November 30, 2020. If your CLE form is not received by the end of the day on November 30, 2020, credit will not be given.

A complete CLE form will have the following information:

  1. PA Bar ID #
  2. County/Agency Name
  3. Full Name
  4. Signature
  5. Date You Watched the Video
  6. 3 Code Words

  7. Credit will not be given if the above requirements are not met. 

Pennsylvania District Attorneys Institute
2929 North Front Street
Harrisburg, PA 17110