‘Domestic Violence &?Animal Cruelty focus of March 18 PAAM?webinar

The Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan’s Violence Against Women Project (VAWP) and the Humane Society of the United States will present the webinar “Domestic Violence and Animal Cruelty: Prosecuting Animal Abuse Can Save Lives” on March 18, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. via Zoom.

 Research finds that 83% of victims who seek shelter from domestic violence and have pets, report that the abuser hurt or threatened to hurt their companion animal(s).

In situations of intimate partner violence, the abuse of companion animals is used to control the victims who are subject to coercion through threats to kill or harm pets. This results in further physical and emotional abuse, sexual abuse, and remaining silent about the crimes perpetrated by against them. Victims are generally reluctant to enter shelters if they will be forced to leave their animals behind.

VAWP training attorney Dana Deasy and Erin Aiello, an assistant DA from Massachusetts, will lead this interactive virtual training.

This free virtual training is open to law enforcement officers, prosecutors, victim advocates, and court staff.  

To register, visit https://michiganprosecutor.org and click on “training calendar.”