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This event takes place in Atlantic Standard Time (AST).

Animal Protection and the Violence Link in New Brunswick10:15 AM

This presentation will examine the current system of enforcing animal protection legislation in New Brunswick and illustrate the Violence Link through local animal protection cases. Presenters from the New Brunswick SPCA will discuss growing partnerships and collaboration between relevant sectors, the province wide Safe for Pets Too program, as well as successes and obstacles with education and awareness, intervention, and prosecution of animal abuse in domestic violence situations.

  1. The current animal cruelty enforcement model in New Brunswick
  2. How improved partnerships between sectors can successfully protect and improve the lives of both people and animals in the province
  3. New Brunswick case studies illustrating the Violence Link
The Violence Link and Social Impacts11:30 AM

Part 1 - Presented by: Leslie Hadfield
Animal Abuse as a Tool in Intimate Partner Violence & Domestic Violence

There is a distinct and well documented “link” between animal and human abuse… is violence. Animals are used in many ways to emotionally and psychologically abuse and manipulate humans. In this presentation, various human control tactics using animal brutality will be discussed.

  1. Who are the victims that are impacted?
  2. How are the victims used/impacted?
  3. What are the Social Development service areas needed to explore for increased services/training?


Part 2 - Presented by: Dr. Deborah Doherty
Family Violence and Animal Abuse: Understanding the Link

This presentation will share the findings of a research study on family violence and animal abuse that was conducted in New Brunswick and PEI about 12 years ago. Unfortunately, the findings remain tragically relevant. The research examines the social and cultural context of firearms in rural homes, a context that involves strong, positive community values around gun ownership. Yet in homes that are experiencing family violence, long guns can and do become weapons, taking on a menacing quality that contributes to a climate of fear and control. This study combined both qualitative and quantitative research methods to examine the presence and effects of firearms where actual or threatened violence towards women, children, property or animals were involved. The findings reveal a number of specific and interrelated factors that may serve as indicators of firearms misuse and violence in rural settings. The presentation will explore key findings and discuss ways to enhance approaches to crime prevention, firearms investigations, court sanctions, and safer communities for abused women and others in rural communities.

  1. Women experiencing domestic violence often delay seeking help for themselves if they are concerned for the well-being of their pets and/or farm animals.
  2. Women are often reluctant to tell service providers about their concerns for fear they will be criticized for putting animals ahead of themselves or children.
  3. Courts, police, victim services, domestic violence services, policy makers, healthcare providers and others would benefit from training and/or information sessions about the link between the various forms of violence and possible solutions.
The Violence Link1:30 PM

This session will assist enforcement officers to identify violence link cases, and strengthen those cases going before the courts. It will also focus on how enforcement officers can prevent further victimization for all living beings.

  1. Evidenced based research demonstrates animal abuse is linked to any violent crime that any police service investigates.
  2. How to identify violence link cases, and prevent further victimization.
  3. How Dangerous Offender applications relate to animal abuse calls for service.

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