Register for the 2017 CFHS Canadian Link Conference

Violence against animals and violence against people are not distinct and separate problems. Rather, they are part of a larger pattern of violent crimes that often co-exist. Research shows a significant correlation between animal cruelty and crimes of domestic violence, the physical and sexual abuse of children, sexual assault and other violent crimes. This emerging concept that looks at the relationship between violence against animals and people is commonly known as the violence link and has evolved to encompass prevention and intervention practices to reduce vulnerability in animals and humans. This conference will highlight the latest research and promising new practices to advance the criminal justice and social service responses to the violence link, bringing together the field’s leading experts in the areas of law, enforcement, behaviour, interpersonal violence and social services.


The CFHS Canadian Link Conference will take place at the Ottawa Conference and Event Centre in Ottawa, Ontario December 4-6, 2017.


Hotel reservations now available!

CFHS has reserved blocks of rooms at the Courtyard Marriott Ottawa East for conference participants. Book today!




What to expect

The CFHS Canadian Link Conference is the first of its kind in Canada and will examine the link between violence against humans and animals, looking at the vulnerabilities of both populations and how various sectors can learn from each other to gather the necessary tools to stop the cycles of violence.

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200+ participants

25+ sessions and activities

Networking opportunities
to connect across sectors


Participants will gain:

  • An understanding of the roots of animal abuse and neglect and the connection of such crimes to interpersonal and societal violence
  • An ability to identify the indicators of animal abuse and the steps to investigation and prosecution of these crimes
  • An ability to identify the indicators of interpersonal violence and the steps to responding
  • Skills to examine the correlation between human vulnerability and animal vulnerability
  • The opportunity to explore community-level partnerships involving prosecutors, animal welfare organizations, social service providers, veterinarians, municipal/provincial/federal governments, the courts and law enforcement agencies
  • The opportunity to create new networks and relationships that will enhance their work toward ending violence
  • The opportunity to found a national coalition to work on cross-sectoral collaboration

Continuing Education Credits

The CFHS Canadian Link Conference is pleased to offer continuing education credits for some professional designations. This conference is eligible for continuing education credits with most provincial social work associations, as well as being eligible for Law Society CPD activity requirements in many provinces. Please contact your provincial association or society to receive details on what they will cover.

Who will be there

ottawa-aerial_092812_0019-credit-ottawa-tourism.jpgThis conference will bring together the field’s leading experts in the areas of law, enforcement, behaviour, interpersonal violence and social services. More than 200 people from across Canada will attend to focus on how law enforcement, members of the prosecution community, social services, community networks, municipal/provincial/federal government services, animal welfare organizations and veterinarians can work together on these issues. When we pool together this expertise, it's sure to lead to powerful insights and more effective strategies to end violence against people and animals.



This conference is hosted and organized by the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies. As Canada’s voice for Animal Welfare, the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies (CFHS) drives positive, progressive change to end animal cruelty, improve animal protection and promote the humane treatment of all animals. As the convener and representative of the largest animal welfare community in Canada, CFHS advances the welfare of animals, with a strong national voice that promotes the interests and concerns of animal welfare to government, policy makers, industry and the public. Visit our website at for more information.

On-Site Resources

This conference will feature a number of resource tables focused on helping individuals and organizations to be more effective and informed in their work on the violence link. Among other organizations, we will be hosting SafePet Ottawa and Crime Prevention Ottawa!

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Lead Partners

We are proud to be working with the following lead partners for the 2017 CFHS Canadian Link Conference:

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Ontario 211 | Community and Social
Services Help Line

Ottawa Coalition To End
Violence Against Women

Ottawa Police Service