Connecticut Department of Children and Families
Nov 8, 2013

Child Abuse and Animal Cruelty - One Day Conference

DATE:  November 8, 2013

TIME:  9:00 UNTIL 4:00

{Legislative Office Building (LOB)} This is a one day conference that will be offered on both November 7th and Novermber 8th in order to accomodate all the individuals interested in attending.

Lunch is on your own, but the LOB has a nice cafeteria.]

CEU: 6 credits are available, but you must request these upon sign-in.

TITLE: Species-Spanning Links: Practice, Policy and Research Implications at the Intersections of Child Maltreatment, Domestic Violence and Animal Abuse
ABSTRACT: Cruelty to animals is a crime that frequently is an indicator and predictor of interpersonal and community violence. It is often found in the criminal histories of juvenile offenders. Because pets are so prevalent in Connecticut households, especially those with children, they are often direct targets or collateral damage in other forms of family violence including child abuse, elder abuse, and especially domestic violence where an alarming number of threats to animals prevents women from leaving abusive relationships. We call these violent intersections “The Link.”
Connecticut has the nation’s most progressive law requiring inter-agency cross-reporting of child and animal abuse. This approach encourages early and more effective reporting, assessment, intervention. treatment and prevention strategies to resolve family violence through a multidisciplinary, species-spanning lens.
This workshop will review Connecticut’s new law and how animal cruelty, abuse and neglect are linked with child maltreatment, domestic violence and elder abuse. It will describe the evolution and implementation of cross-disciplinary recognition and reporting systems and train attendees to respond appropriately to all forms of family violence.
NOTE:  The Afternoon session will include break-out sessions for Mandated Reporter training for Animal Control Officers, and an in-depth Q and A session with Mr. Arkow for DCF staff and providers.
Session description (AFTERNOON)
TITLE: Kids and Critters: Addressing Animal Cruelty as an Adverse Childhood Experience
ABSTRACT:  The traumas and adverse childhood experiences caused by the presence of dangerous pets and acts of animal cruelty witnessed and perpetrated by children have typically been overlooked by the child abuse and social work fields. However, recognizing animal abuse as an indicator that something is wrong in a household may be the first step in stopping cycles of violence.  Fostering species-spanning partnerships with animal care and control organizations can foster a positive, community-based culture that facilitates families’ abilities to raise children in loving homes.
This workshop will present empirical cross-disciplinary research, emerging policy, and proactive practices that describe animal cruelty and dangerous animals as risk factors, toxic stressors and adverse childhood experiences impacting healthy child development, particularly when co-occurring with domestic violence. Utilizing Connecticut’s new cross-reporting mandate, this training will enable child protection professionals to recognize warning signs and make meaningful connections with community animal care and control resources.
Participants will discuss practical solutions to legal mandates, administrative and regulatory policies, and confidentiality constraints.  They will discuss interventions where animals serve as protective factors for at-risk youth. They will be introduced to community resources that can provide pet support services and resolve animal-related issues for the families under their care. Participants will discuss the details of implementing a statewide cross-reporting system as mandated by Connecticut law.

Directions to LOB

Location: Legislative Office building (LOB), 300 Capitol Avenue, Hartford, CT 06106
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9 AM - 4 PM

Contact: Anne Mcintyre-Lahner
50 of 100 seats still available
Last day to register: 11/7/2013
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