PLENARY: The Roots of Animal Abuse and Neglect and the Connections of Such Crimes to Interpersonal and Societal Violence


SPEAKER: Dr. Frank Ascione, PhD, Scholar-in-Residence, Graduate School of Social Work, University of Denver

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Dr. Ascione is an internationally-renowned researcher and author and has published numerous articles on the development of antisocial and prosocial behavior in children. He has co-edited two books [Cruelty to Animals and Interpersonal Violence: Readings in Research and Application (1998), Child Abuse, Domestic Violence and Animal Abuse: Linking the Circles of Compassion for Prevention and Intervention (1998)], and authored Safe Havens for Pets: Guidelines for Programs Sheltering Pets for Women Who Are Battered. Children and Animals: Exploring the Roots of Kindness and Cruelty was published in 2005 by Purdue University Press (the book has also been translated into Japanese and Italian editions). The International Handbook of Animal Abuse and Cruelty: Theory, Research and Application, edited by Dr. Ascione, was published in May 2008. In September 2010, he was awarded a $1.5 million grant from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and the Waltham Foundation to study children exposed to intimate partner violence and to animal abuse. Dr. Ascione was selected to receive the 2001 Distinguished Scholar Award from the International Association of Human-Animal Interaction Organizations and the International Society for Anthrozoology. Dr. Ascione served as the inaugural American Humane Endowed Chair and Executive Director of the Institute for Human-Animal Connection at the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work (UD GSSW) from September 2009 until June 2012. He is currently a Scholar-in-Residence at the DU GSSW.