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“The association between animal abuse and all forms of violence is well documented. If we don’t address pets, we are missing the mark and reality of who and what people consider as ‘family’.”
                    ~ Hon. Carroll J. Kelly, Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida, Miami, FL.

The NCJFCJ has developed a webinar series is focused on what judicial officers and other justice system professionals should know about the link between animal cruelty and interpersonal violence, with each webinar centered on different aspects of that link.  Below are links to the webinar recordings by topic.

Webcasts

08/03/20
Webinar
Part I: Animal Cruelty and Child Abuse

This webinar, taught by NCJFCJ Past President Judge John Romero, Jr., and Diane Balkin, contract attorney with the Animal Legal Defense Fund, will familiarize judges, attorneys, and child welfare professionals with the research on the links between animal cruelty and interpersonal violence, generally speaking, and the links between animal cruelty and child abuse specifically. The faculty will talk about the practical implications of the link in child abuse cases and what judges need to know about and consider in their decision-making to promote child and pet welfare. Faculty will also offer suggestions on how judges can serve as community leaders, off the bench, to promote stakeholder and court/child welfare cross-system collaboration on prevention services and responses to address the link between animal cruelty and child abuse.

NCJFCJ Resources on Animal Abuse and Interpersonal Violence

Individuals interested in the webinars may also find useful two resources that the NCJFCJ has created on the links between animal abuse and interpersonal violence:

08/10/20
Webinar
Part II: Animal Cruelty and Juvenile Offending

This webinar, taught by Judge H. Lee Chitwood, with the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court, Pulaski VA, Dr. Barbara Boat, faculty with the University of Cincinnati and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, and Jamie Contreras, an attorney with the Animal Legal Defense Fund, will familiarize judges, attorneys, and child- and youth-serving professionals with the research on the links between animal abuse, child abuse, and juvenile offending, including the impact of exposure to violence against animals on children and their subsequent risks for offending behavior. The faculty will address what judges should ask about when handling a juvenile offending case involving animal harm and also what judges need to know and should request when it comes to evaluations and interventions for youth with animal cruelty offenses.

NCJFCJ Resources on Animal Abuse and Interpersonal Violence

Individuals interested in the webinars may also find useful two resources that the NCJFCJ has created on the links between animal abuse and interpersonal violence:

10/26/20
Webinar
Part I: The Link Between Animal Abuse and Domestic Violence

This webinar, taught by NCJFCJ Past President Judge John Romero, Jr., Diane Balkin, contract attorney with the Animal Legal Defense Fund, and Kathleen Wood, an attorney with the Animal Legal Defense Fund, will familiarize judges, attorneys, domestic violence advocates, and child-serving professionals with research on the links between animal cruelty and domestic violence. Faculty will also cover statutes and orders that include pets in definitions of domestic violence and in the scope of protection orders and services. Faculty will provide practical guidance on what judges need to know and can do to safeguard humans and pets in domestic violence cases.

NCJFCJ Resources on Animal Abuse and Interpersonal Violence

Individuals interested in the webinars may also find useful two resources that the NCJFCJ has created on the links between animal abuse and interpersonal violence:

11/02/20
Webinar
Part II: The Link Between Animal Abuse and Elder Abuse

This webinar, taught by Judge Rosa Figarola, with the Lawson E. Thomas Courthouse Center, Miami, FL, and Diane Balkin, contract attorneys with Animal Legal Defense Fund, will help judges, attorneys, and older adult services professionals understand the bond between elders and their pets and the significance of animal abuse and neglect to elders.  Faculty will provide practical guidance on what judges can do, on and off the bench, to safeguard elders and their pets.

NCJFCJ Resources on Animal Abuse and Interpersonal Violence

Individuals interested in the webinars may also find useful two resources that the NCJFCJ has created on the links between animal abuse and interpersonal violence:

11/16/20
Webinar
Part III: Animal Hoarding: Issues in Family Law Cases

This webinar, taught by Emily Lewis, an attorney with the Animal Legal Defense Fund, Dr. Catherine Miller, a professor with the School of Graduate Psychology (SGP), Pacific University, Hillsboro, OR, and Kathleen Wood, an attorney with the Animal Legal Defense Fund, will familiarize judges, child welfare and social service professionals with the research on animal hoarding, the characteristics of individuals who engage in animal hoarding., and the deleterious impacts of animal hoarding on the emotional and physical health of family members. The faculty will describe the challenges of engaging animal hoarders in services and interventions as well as considerations for safeguarding family members.

NCJFCJ Resources on Animal Abuse and Interpersonal Violence

Individuals interested in the webinars may also find useful two resources that the NCJFCJ has created on the links between animal abuse and interpersonal violence:

 

09/28/22
Webinar
Break from the Bench: Animal Abused and Domestic Violence

Break from the Bench: What a judge needs to know about…Animal Abuse and Domestic Violence

The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) invites you to the NCJFCJ’s Break from the Bench: A Lunch and Learn Series. Please join us for a 45-minute panel discussion on a wide range of topics focused on what a judge needs to know about domestic violence and Animal Abuse. Our expert faculty will provide information for judges and courts on strategies for improving responses to intimate partner violence and how it intersects with the faith community.

You can also view each of the webinars on the NCJFJC’s YouTube page.