What is the CFHS Canadian Link Conference?
#LINK2017 is an innovative new conference that will examine the link between violence against people and animals, looking at the vulnerabilities in both populations and how they connect. If you aren’t familiar with the violence link, it’s the proven link between violence against animals and people. This can manifest in many ways, including a pet being harmed or killed after a woman leaves an abusive relationship or a serial killer practicing abuse on animals before moving on to human beings. Over the last decade, this pattern has come to be known as the violence link.
This event will bring together key Canadian sectors that work to prevent and address violence against people or animals for cross-sector training on how to stop the cycles of abuse. This is the first national conference of its kind in Canada, and it promises to kick-start much-needed action on violence.
Join us for the CFHS Canadian Link Conference, December 4-6 in Ottawa! Learn more here: http://clc.cfhs.ca/
What will I learn?
- Skills to examine the correlation between human vulnerability and animal vulnerability
- The opportunity to create new networks and relationships that will enhance your work toward ending violence
- The opportunity to found a national coalition to work on the violence link via cross-sectoral collaboration
- An understanding of the roots of animal abuse and its connection to interpersonal and societal violence
- An ability to identify the indicators of animal abuse and the steps to investigation and prosecution of these crimes
- An ability to identify the indicators of interpersonal violence and the steps to responding
- The opportunity to explore community-level partnerships involving social service providers, prosecutors, animal welfare organizations, the courts and law enforcement agencies, veterinarians and municipal/provincial/federal governments
Who is the conference for?
This conference is for social workers, mental health workers, animal cruelty enforcement personnel, veterinarians, police officers, first responders, animal welfare advocates, policy experts, anti-violence advocates, judges, politicians, bureaucrats and Crown prosecutors. More than 200 professionals from across Canada will attend to focus on how our sectors can work together to improve Canada’s response to violence. When we pool together this expertise, it’s sure to lead to powerful insights and more effective strategies to prevent and address violence against people and animals.
Who is speaking at the conference?
Our prestigious speakers include:
- Frank Ascione: an internationally-renowned researcher and author on the development of antisocial and prosocial behavior in children and Scholar-in Residence at the Graduate School of Social Work of the University of Denver. He is presenting on The Roots of Animal Abuse and Neglect and the Connections to Interpersonal and Societal Violence.
- Tracy Porteous: the Executive Director of the Ending Violence Association of BC and a three-time Governor General of Canada medal recipient for her work to prevent and end violence. She is presenting on Understanding Lethal Risks Associated with Domestic Violence Toward Keeping Women, Families and Pets Safer.
- Peter Collins: a forensic psychiatrist who works with the OPP, the FBI, the RCMP, the Toronto Police Service and the Calgary Police Service, among other organizations, who will be speaking about Animal Abuse in the Criminal Mind.
- Margaret Doyle, DVM: a forensic expert on animal abuse and neglect who has worked on hundreds of animal cruelty cases, from crime scene analysis and necropsies to providing expert witness testimony at trial. She will be speaking on The Veterinarian’s Role in Preventing Violence.
- Marcie Moriarty: Chief Prevention and Enforcement Officer of the BC SPCA, thought leader on animal cruelty enforcement and prosecution, and a key advisor for Canada’s National Centre for the Prosecution of Animal Cruelty. She is co-presenting on Investigation and Prosecution of Animal Abuse and Neglect.
- Alex Janse: Animal Cruelty Resource Counsel for British Columbia with the BC Ministry of Justice, thought leader on animal cruelty prosecution, and a key advisor for Canada’s National Centre for the Prosecution of Animal Cruelty. She is co-presenting on Investigation and Prosecution of Animal Abuse and Neglect.
- Rebecca Ledger: an animal behaviour and welfare scientist who has been doing ground-breaking work as an expert witness in the prosecution of psychological and emotional suffering in cases involving cruelty and neglect. She is presenting on Determining Psychological Suffering in Cases of Animal Cruelty.
Early bird pricing has been extended to October 20 for the CFHS Canadian Link Conference, so you still have time to register at the lowest available prices! #LINK2017 is a ground-breaking new professional development opportunity that you do not want to miss. Recognized thought leaders from some of Canada’s most influential sectors will teach you how to better prevent and address violence. CFHS is also offering great deals on travel to help you keep costs low!
Learn more at http://clc.cfhs.ca/.
#LINK2017 is the first national conference of its kind in Canada and will examine the link between violence against humans and animals, looking at the vulnerabilities of both populations and how key sectors can learn from each other and gather tools to address and prevent cycles of violence. http://clc.cfhs.ca/
This innovative, new conference will highlight the latest research and practices to advance Canada’s response to the link between violence against humans and animals. Please share to help spread the word! http://clc.cfhs.ca/
Dr. Ascione is an internationally-renowned researcher and author and has published numerous articles on the development of antisocial and prosocial behavior in children, and he is one of the distinguished speakers at #LINK2017. Come learn about the roots of animal abuse and how #animalcruelty connects with interpersonal violence. http://clc.cfhs.ca/plenary_the_roots_of_animal_abuse_and_connections_to_interpersonal_and_societal_violence
Effective risk identification can substantially increase safety for women and their families, including their pets. Register for #LINK2017 and attend this enlightening session with Tracy Porteous of the Ending Violence Association of BC. http://clc.cfhs.ca/understanding_lethal_risks_associated_with_domestic_violence
Gain insights on the link between violence against people and animals with this plenary featuring Dr. Michelle Lem, Founder and Director of Community Veterinary Outreach, and Dr. Amy Fitzgerald, Associate Professor of Criminology at the University of Windsor! http://clc.cfhs.ca/plenary_beyond_the_violence_link
#LINK2017 gathers experts in law, behaviour, violence, enforcement & social services to address human/animal abuse. http://clc.cfhs.ca/
Create new networks that will help you address and prevent violence through cross-sector collaboration. Join @CFHS! http://clc.cfhs.ca/
200+ people from across Canada will attend #LINK2017 to better address violence against people and animals. http://clc.cfhs.ca/
Gain insights on the link between violence against people and animals w/ Dr. Michelle Lem and Dr. Amy Fitzgerald. http://clc.cfhs.ca/plenary_beyond_the_violence_link
This special ceremony at #LINK2017 will mark The National Day of Remembrance and Action on #VAW on Dec 6. http://clc.cfhs.ca/ceremony_national_day_of_remembrance_and_action_on_violence_against_women
Learn about the roots of animal abuse and how it connects with interpersonal violence with Dr. Ascione at #LINK2017! http://clc.cfhs.ca/plenary_the_roots_of_animal_abuse_and_connections_to_interpersonal_and_societal_violence
Learn from police, psychiatrists and Crown prosecutors about how you can save lives by reporting animal abuse. http://clc.cfhs.ca/
Effective risk ID can increase safety for women and their families, including their pets. Learn more at #LINK2017! http://clc.cfhs.ca/understanding_lethal_risks_associated_with_domestic_violence
Key sectors will learn from each other at this innovative conference, gathering tools to address/prevent violence: http://clc.cfhs.ca