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2018 LINK Conference: Breaking the Cycles of Violence
A Species-Spanning Approach to Safer Families and Communities


WHAT: The SPCA of Texas and the North Texas LINK Coalition are hosting the 2018 LINK Conference: Breaking the Cycles of Violence on March 9, 2018 at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Richardson, TX from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The full day conference will explore the LINK between animal abuse and human violence - "the dark side" of human-animal interactions and its impact on human relationships and social services, animal care and control, law enforcement and criminal justice and, human and veterinary medicine. “When animals are abused, people are at risk; when people are abused, animals are at risk,” said Phil Arkow, Co-Founder of the National LINK Coalition.

Conference participants will better understand related public policies, will learn about new collaborative strategies, new animal cruelty code enhancements, and groundbreaking research and innovative programs to prevent family violence and to respond to its human and animal victims.

Conference participants may be eligible for continuing education (CEUs). 5.5 SW/LPC CEU’s provided by The Family Place. Other Credits Pending [TCOLE, CLE, CEC].

To register for or learn more about the 2018 LINK Conference, please visit www.spca.org/2018linkconference.

The conference keynote presentation is Breaking the Cycles of Violence: A Species Spanning Approach to Safer Families and Communities, presented in two morning sessions by Mr. Phil Arkow, an internationally acclaimed lecturer, author and education, Chair of the Latham Foundation’s Animal Abuse and Family Violence Prevention Project, and Co-Founder of the National LINK Coalition. Additional afternoon sessions include Violence Prevention & Compassion Education with Rescued Dogs, presented by Ms. Joy Southard, Director of the Texas Chapter - Healing Species; and The LINK and Texas Laws, presented by Ms. Felicia Kerney, Animal Cruelty Unit Chief of the Dallas County District Attorney's Office.

Following the presentations, Mr. Arkow will facilitate an Ask the Experts Q&A Panel comprised of additional law enforcement and criminal justice experts: Mr. David Alex, Tarrant County District Attorney's Office; Mr. Art Munoz, Special Investigator at the Dallas County District Attorney's Office and Chief Investigator of the SPCA of Texas' Animal Cruelty Investigations Unit; and Ms. Shelby Bobosky, President of the Texas Humane Legislation Network.

WHEN/WHERE:

March 9, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Registration begins at 7:30 a.m.

DoubleTree by Hilton
1981 North Central Expressway
Richardson, TX, 75080

WHY:  “There is a proven link between violence toward animals and violence toward humans, and sadly the North Texas area does see extreme cases of animal cruelty,” said James Bias, President/CEO of the SPCA of Texas. He continued, “Thanks to research by the National Link Coalition and others, it is now widely recognized that mistreatment of animals is often a warning sign that other family members in the household may not be safe.”

The North Texas LINK Coalition’s vision is a future where the North Texas area is knowledgeable about the LINK and partnerships are created with the common goal of helping those caught in the cycle of violence that we seek to impact. At the May 2017 Conference on Crimes against Women in Dallas keynote speaker Maya Gupta, Ph.D., Association of Prosecuting Attorneys, stated “This isn’t about whether we like animals. If we want to reduce violence in all its forms, we must pay attention to the connections between human and animal violence.”

To register for or learn more about the 2018 LINK Conference, please visit www.spca.org/2018linkconference.

To learn more about the North Texas LINK Coalition and its members, please visit www.northtexaslinkcoalition.com.

 

The mission of the North Texas LINK Coalition is to facilitate the North Texas area’s recognition and understanding of the dynamic connection between animal abuse and the cycle of family and societal violence. The vision is a future where the North Texas area is knowledgeable about the LINK and partnerships created with the common goal of helping those caught in the cycle of violence that we seek to impact. The SPCA of Texas is the host agency of the North Texas LINK Coalition. The purpose of the North Texas LINK Coalition is: 1) To educate the North Texas community to recognize the link between animal abuse and other forms of violence; 2) To advocate for the implementation of policies and procedures at North Texas agencies and organizations to identify suspected abuse and to notify the appropriate agencies; and 3) To advocate for the implementation of standard policies and procedures in North Texas agencies and organizations for collecting, reporting, and sharing data. For more information, visit www.northtexaslinkcoalition.com.

 

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