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SPCA of Texas To Participate in Annual North Texas Facing Family Violence Conference




WHAT:The SPCA of Texas will take part in the 16th annual North Texas Facing Family Violence Conference, hosted by the Collin County Council on Family Violence. NTFFV provides an environment where professionals can gain valuable insight into best practices and emerging trends in criminal justice response, victim assistance, education, and mental health. Over 250 mental, health, law enforcement, legal and faith professionals will be at the event.

The SPCA of Texas and the North Texas LINK Coalition will have exhibit tables at the conference, where people can learn more about the link between animal cruelty and family violence. Nationally, about 71% of pet owners entering domestic violence shelters report that their abuser had threatened, injured or killed family pets. The SPCA of Texas hopes to enlighten people about this disturbing trend and highlight the resources available to victims of abuse in our community like The Family Place, which offers housing for their clients and their pets.

Featured speakers at the conference include:

• Kelsey McKay, Validating Voices Program founder: a national expert on strangulation, intimate partner violence, child abuse, sexual assault, using expert witness and trauma.
• Dr. Heather Pfeifer, School of Criminal Justice, University of Baltimore: facilitator of The Illuminations Program, a nationally recognized program on child sexual abuse and trauma, focusing on how criminal justice agencies can more effectively respond to and assist victims and their families.
• Michael Sweeney, Law Enforcement Human Trafficking Specialist, Texas Association Against Sexual Assault (TAASA): 28-year law-enforcement official with city, state, FBI and international experience presenting on investigating human trafficking.

Additional sessions include working with trauma, working with immigrant families, what happens after the outcry, sexting, protective orders, parental alienation, support for pregnant survivors, sexual exploitation, abuse in the faith community, case studies, and using expert witnesses.

WHEN: Wednesday, October 17, 2018 to Friday, October 19, 2018

WHERE: Collin College - Spring Creek Campus
2800 E Spring Creek Pkwy, Plano, TX 75074












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"I'm absolutely in LOVE with Kitty (formerly Kaleigh). I know her name isn't original at all but I just started calling her that until I could think of a name and it just stuck - it's so her! I've attached two photos - she's seriously the most beautiful kitty in the world! She loves to steal tennis balls and bones from her dog sister - she thinks she's a dog! She enjoys going for walks and car rides, snuggling with mom, bird watching, drinking from the sink, playing with her pipe cleaners and getting into mom's makeup in the mornings. I couldn't 'imagine life without her. She's the absolute best!"

Laureen Jankins

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