2017

The 2017 CFHS Canadian Violence Link Conference
DECEMBER 4-6, 2017
OTTAWA CONFERENCE AND EVENT CENTRE

#LINK2017 was an innovative, ground-breaking conference that examined the link between violence against human beings and animals, looking at the vulnerabilities in both populations and how they intersect. We brought together 10 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 national conference of this kind has happened in Canada, and it has kick-started much-needed action on violence.

See below for information on the sessions that were offered at the 2017 CFHS Canadian Violence Link Conference, which was the first national conference of its kind in Canada! And click here to read up on some of the incredible speakers who were featured at the conference!

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MONDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2017

8:00AM-5:00PM
Animal Cruelty Prosecution Pre-Conference
The Animal Cruelty Prosecution Pre-Conference was for Crown Prosecutors and allied professionals
SPEAKER SLIDES NOT AVAILABLE FOR THIS SESSION

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2017

9:15AM
PLENARY: The Roots of Animal Abuse and Neglect and the Connection of Such Crimes to Interpersonal and Societal Violence
Dr. Frank Ascione, PhD, Scholar-in-Residence, Graduate School of Social Work, University of Denver
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PART ONE
PART TWO

11:15AM
Silo Busting: Reaching Across Sectoral Divides to Activate Our Work on the Violence Link
Facilitated Discussion
SPEAKER SLIDES NOT AVAILABLE FOR THIS SESSION

1:15PM
TRACK A: RECOGNIZING ANIMAL ABUSE
Investigation and Prosecution of Animal Abuse and Neglect 101
Alex Janse, Crown Counsel, Ministry of Justice, Government of British Columbia
Marcie Moriarty, Chief Prevention and Enforcement Officer, British Columbia SPCA
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TRACK B: RECOGNIZING INTERPERSONAL AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
Understanding Lethal Risks Associated with Domestic Violence Toward Keeping Women, Families and Pets Safer
Tracy Porteous, Executive Director, Ending Violence Association of BC 
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2:15PM
TRACK A: RECOGNIZING ANIMAL ABUSE
Determining Psychological Suffering in Cases of Animal Cruelty Using Circumstantial Evidence and FEASAC
Dr. Rebecca Ledger, PhD, Animal Behaviour and Welfare Scientist 
SPEAKER SLIDES NOT AVAILABLE FOR THIS SESSION

TRACK B: RECOGNIZING INTERPERSONAL AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
Is There More than Meets the Eye?: Seeing Signs of Child Abuse When Looking at Animal Welfare
Dr. Michelle Ward, MD FAAP FRCPC, Division Head, Child and Youth Protection, Department of Pediatrics, Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO), Associate Professor, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa, Vice President, Child and Youth Maltreatment Section, Canadian Paediatric Society
SPEAKER SLIDES NOT AVAILABLE FOR THIS SESSION

3:45-5:15PM
PANEL DISCUSSION: Cross-Sector Collaboration to Better Address High-Risk Interpersonal Violence and Animal Cruelty
Marcie Moriarty, Chief Prevention and Enforcement Officer, British Columbia SPCA
Tracy Porteous, Executive Director, Ending Violence Association of BC
Teena Stoddart, Sergeant, Ottawa Police Service
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MARCIE MORIARTY
TRACY PORTEOUS
TEENA STODDART

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2017

8:30AM
Ceremony: The National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women
Tracy Porteous, Ending Violence Association of BC
Michelle Smith, Women's Support Network of York Region
SPEAKER SLIDES NOT AVAILABLE FOR THIS SESSION

9:15AM
PLENARY: Beyond the Violence Link
Dr. Amy Fitzgerald, PhD, Associate Professor, Criminology, University of Windsor
Dr. Michelle Lem, DVM, MSc, MSW Candidate, Founder and Director, Community Veterinary Outreach
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DR. MICHELLE LEM

11:00AM
TRACK A: PREVENTION
Threat Assessment
Mark Horton, High Risk Offenders, Ottawa Police Service
Donna Watson-Elliot, Victim Crisis Management, Ottawa Police Service
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MARK HORTON
DONNA WATSON-ELLIOTT

TRACK B: INTERVENTION
Escaping Together: Safe Housing Networks for Pets Fleeing Domestic Violence
Dayna Desmarais, President, SafePet Ottawa
Kia Rainbow, Executive Director, Interval House of Ottawa
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KIA RAINBOW
DAYNA DESMARAIS

12:00PM
TRACK A: PREVENTION
Increasing Veterinary Recognition and Reporting of Animal Crimes
Dr. Margaret Doyle, BSc MVB MSc MRCVS, Forensic Veterinarian, Horizon Veterinary Group 
SPEAKER SLIDES COMING SOON

TRACK B: INTERVENTION
Beyond Awareness: Tools for Supporting Sexual Assault Survivors
Julie Lalonde, Campaign Manager, Draw the Line Campaign
SPEAKER SLIDES NOT AVAILABLE FOR THIS SESSION

2:00PM
PLENARY: Criminal Behaviour and the Links to Animal Abuse
Carl Sesely, Profiler, Behavioural Sciences Unit, Royal Canadian Mounted Police
SPEAKER SLIDES NOT AVAILABLE FOR THIS SESSION

3:30PM
Catalyzing Action: From Problems to Solutions
Facilitated Discussion
SPEAKER SLIDES NOT AVAILABLE FOR THIS SESSION