Emily Lewis, JD, Animal Legal Defense Fund
Catherine Miller, Ph.D., Professor, School of Graduate Psychology, Pacific University, Hillsboro, OR
Kathleen Wood, JD, Animal Legal Defense Fund
Juvenile and family court judges are called on to address and prevent harms by family members against one another. Along with human family members (children, adult partners, seniors), pets are also household members that are at risk of being harmed when interpersonal violence occurs in a family. While research clearly establishes that animal abuse and human abuse are connected, judges may not be aware of the connections or know how to address pet well-being in their decisions in family law cases.
The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) is offering a three-part webinar series to provide training on the links between animal abuse, domestic violence, and elder abuse. The series will also address animal hoarding and its impact on human and animal welfare. The three-part webinar series will provide participants with practical information on recognizing and responding to maltreatment of animals and humans in family law cases.
Judges, attorneys, domestic violence community advocates, and mental health professionals with experience with these cases are featured speakers in the webinars. While primarily oriented to judicial officers, the webinar series is open to all interested stakeholders. Participants may register to attend the entire series or single webinars.
NCJFCJ Resources on Animal Abuse and Interpersonal Violence
Individuals interested in the three part-webinar may also find useful two resources, a policy resolution and a technical assistance bulletin (TAB), that NCJFCJ has created on the links between animal abuse and interpersonal violence.