These events are a part of the Criminal Justice System Reform Program of Humane Canada™



Understand the Violence Link, learn about practical solutions, collaborate across sectors

Next Conference to take place in Fall 2023

About the Canadian Violence Link Conference 

Animal abuse often occurs before or alongside the abuse of people. This is known as the Violence Link. In a social system that is over taxed and underfunded, the sector marginalizes animal welfare, even though evidence shows there is greater benefit in acting holistically, thereby providing better support for victims and reducing the vulnerability of animals and people.

The Canadian Violence Link Conference is an innovative, ground-breaking event that examines the link between interpersonal abuse and animal abuse, looking at the vulnerabilities in both populations and how they intersect. This biennial conference brings together criminal justice system stakeholders that work to prevent and address violence against people or animals for cross-sectoral training on how to collaborate and stop the cycle of violence.

Thank you to everyone who attended the 2021 Violence Link Conference on November 4 & 5, 2021. A special thank you to the incredible speakers, program committee and sponsors who all made the event possible. The next biennial conference will take place in the fall of 2023. If you would like to receive updates on this conference, which is the only one of its kind in Canada, please add your name here. You can also learn more about our work with the Canadian Violence Link Coalition here.

What to Expect?

The Canadian Violence Link Conference is an opportunity for stakeholders whose work intersects with the Violence Link to gather, learn and network.

You will have the opportunity to deepen your understanding of the Violence Link and learn about the latest trends and intervention strategies designed to end the cycle of violence. This two-day conference will feature interactive, engaging sessions where you can network with professionals in your region, learn how to break down silos and build important relationships that will assist you in your day to day work.

Attendance Qualifications

The Canadian Violence Link Conference is a professional event for justice system stakeholders whose work involves or potentially involves the Violence Link.

To qualify to attend your work must intersect, or potentially intersect, with the Violence Link.
This can include professionals from the following sectors (please note this list is not exhaustive):


Social workers

Victim services

Law enforcement

Animal cruelty enforcement personnel

The judiciary

Anti-violence advocates

The gender-based violence sector

Law and policy makers

The prosecutorial community



Animal welfare advocates

Policy experts

Veterinarians, RVTs and other animal care professionals


Eldercare agencies

Correctional services

Child advocacy groups

Representatives from/for underrepresented groups such as Indigenous Peoples, LGBTQ2S+ and rural communities, etc.


Highlights from the 2021 Conference

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