Register for the 2017 CFHS Canadian Link Conference

What is the 2017 CFHS Canadian Violence Link Conference?

#LINK2017 is an innovative, ground-breaking conference that will examine the link between violence against human beings and animals, looking at the vulnerabilities in both populations and how they intermingle. We will bring together key Canadian sectors that work to prevent and address violence against people or animals for cross-sector training on how to stop the cycles of violence. This is the first time a conference of this kind has happened in Canada, and it promises to kick-start much-needed action on violence.

What will I learn?

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

Who is this conference for?

This conference is for social workers, police officers, animal cruelty enforcement personnel, judges, anti-violence advocates, politicians, bureaucrats, Crown prosecutors, animal welfare advocates, policy experts, veterinarians and RVTs. More than 200 professionals from across Canada will attend to focus on how our sectors can work together to improve Canada’s response to violence. When we pool together this expertise, it's sure to lead to powerful insights and more effective strategies to prevent and address violence against people and animals.

What is the violence link?

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, veterinary medicine and social services.


The CFHS Canadian Violence 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


download.png    best-hd-speech-bubble-clipart-clipartfest-library.jpg 60140-200.png

from across

10+ sectors for
and collaboration

Networking time
to connect
across disciplines


Continuing Education Credits

The CFHS Canadian Violence 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.



This conference is hosted and organized by the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies (CFHS). As Canada’s voice for animal welfare, 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 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, Therapeutic Paws of Canada and Ontario 211!

Resource tables at the CFHS Canadian Violence Link Conference

Lead Partners

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

211-Oval-OntarioTag-Vertcl-RGB_(4).png OCTEVAW_LOGO_200x200px.png Ottawa-Police-Services-Crest_200px_wide.jpg City_of_Ottawa_logo.png

Ontario 211 | Community and Social
Services Help Line

Ottawa Coalition To End
Violence Against Women

Ottawa Police Service

City of Ottawa