In domestic violence scenarios, animals frequently suffer abuse alongside the human victims. This presentation addresses the complexities that can arise from cases in which a domestic violence victim is also the primary witness to the crime of companion animal abuse; including the challenging cases that appear to rely on one person’s word against the other person’s. The presentation will utilize a hypothetical to illustrate a common scenario involving both domestic violence and cruelty to animals, and then address specific common issues that arise for the law enforcement, prosecutors, and veterinarians involved.
Webinars in this Series with the ALDF include:
- Jan 20: Partners in Investigating Animal Crimes
- March 24: Responding to Animal Crimes through a Restorative Justice Approach
- June 2: Tomorrow We Ride! Investigating and Processing Equine Cruelty Cases
- July 19: The Complexities of Domestic Violence and Animal Abuse (this webinar)
- Nov 10: Courtroom Animal Advocate Programs: Approaching Animals as Quasi-Party Crime Victims
Founded in 1979, the Animal Legal Defense Fund’s mission is to protect the lives and advance the interests of animals through the legal system. The Animal Legal Defense Fund accomplishes this mission by filing high-impact lawsuits to protect animals from harm, providing free legal assistance and training to prosecutors to assure that animal abusers are held accountable for their crimes, supporting tough animal protection legislation and fighting legislation harmful to animals, and providing resources and opportunities to law students and professionals to advance the emerging field of animal law.
This webinar has been certified by the National Animal Care & Control Association and is approved for 1 Continuing Education Unit. Please refer to your NACA membership portal for current CEU submission process. Current NACA Members who attend the live presentation or watch the recording will be able to download a jointly issued attendance certificate that includes the National Animal Care & Control Association logo. Visit the NACA training page for a complete list of future trainings.