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When the Abuse of Animals Co-Occurs With Child Abuse

Training Summary

  Children who witness harm to a companion animal may engage in aggressive behavior toward people and animals. Over 72 million American homes (63 percent) have a companion animal, making it important for child protection professionals to recognize that animal abuse is often a symptom of other violence in the home and that animals may be targeted to gain the silence and compliance of child victims. This Webinar will delve into the latest research and theories on this topic; discuss strategies for intervention, including successful multi-disciplinary team responses, talking with children about their experiences with animals, inclusion of animal-assisted activities to help maltreated children who have witnessed animal abuse, and programs to assist families with companion animals flee abusive homes and find safety, including Sheltering Animals & Families Together (SAF-T)™, a global initiative; and investigation and prosecution strategies. (No photos of abused animals will be shown in this presentation.)

  Learning Objectives:
 
  • Understand how animal abuse can impact the health and wellbeing of children

  • Learn how to work in a multi-disciplinary fashion to recognize, investigate, prosecute and help families with “linkages” crimes

  • Recognize how agency policy changes can more effectively help families with pets who are experiencing violence

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Hosted By:
National Center for Prosecution of Child Abuse

Type of Training:
Webinar

Date:
January 2014

Category:
Child Advocacy and Protection, Systems Improvement

Topic:
Child Abuse and Neglect, Juvenile Justice System Improvement

Keywords:
Juvenile Justice, Child Abuse, Animal Abuse, Child Protection, Animal-Assisted Activities, SAF-T; Prosecution Strategies


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