Domestic Violence Awareness Month Kickoff CLE: 
The Connection Between Domestic Violence and Animal Cruelty

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Presented by Third Judicial District Gender Fairness Committee, in coordination with the Capital District Women’s Bar Association,The Legal Project, Mohawk Hudson Humane Society, NYS Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence, NYS Animal Protection Federation, Albany Law School, Albany County Bar Association, the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals, Empire Justice Center, and New York State Bar Association.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015 | 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Albany Hilton
40 Lodge Street
Governor Ballroom AB
Level B

Live participants received 3.0 MCLE credits available: 2.0 Professional and 1.0 credits of Ethics 

Among both animal rights advocates and those committed to protecting people from violence in the home, there is a growing awareness of the connection between animal abuse and domestic violence. Animal abuse is often a predictor and an indicator crime for domestic violence, elder abuse and child maltreatment.  One recent study found that 71% of pet guardians entering a domestic violence shelter told of an abuser who had harmed or killed a family pet, frequently as a method of exerting control—a cruel demonstration of “what could happen” to the person.  

The Connection Between Domestic Violence and Animal Cruelty will address how to recognize the continuum of criminal conduct against animals and people, and will identify the appropriate organizational resources.  

This program will be geared to attorneys, both from a defense and a prosecutorial perspective, but will also be useful to law students, law enforcement personnel, and those in the domestic violence and animal abuse communities.

Speakers include:
• Jed Painter, Counsel to the Nassau District Attorney
• Alicia Borns, Director, Bureau of Family and Victim Resources of NYS Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence
• Christine Mott, Esq., Member and Past Chair, Animal Law Committee of the NYC Bar Association; Member, NYS Council of the Humane Society of the US
• Libby Post, Executive Director of NYS Animal Protection Federation
• Brad Shear, Executive Director of the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society

Seminar moderated by the Honorable Rachel Kretser, Chair of the Third Judicial District Gender Fairness Committee.