Studies show a high correlation between those who commit domestic violence and those who abuse animals. In fact, animal abuse may be a part of an abuser’s efforts to control the victim, and concern for a pet may present an obstacle to leaving the abusive relationship. Texas law addresses animal abuse – both by providing criminal penalties for abuse of the animal and by allowing pets to be included in a family violence protective order.
DAYL’s Lawyers Against Domestic Violence and Animal Welfare Committees have joined forces to host a CLE discussion on the interplay between domestic violence and animal abuse. Panelists include:
- Jan Langbein, Executive Director Genesis Women’s Shelter;
- Felicia Kearney, Dallas County Animal Cruelty Unit Chief; and
- Shelby Bobosky, President, Texas Humane Legislative Network
The CLE will take place on Wednesday, June 27, 2018 at noon at the Belo Mansion. This panel will discuss how animal abuse and domestic violence intersect, tools in the law to address animal abuse, and how to discuss and address animal abuse in the context of a case involving domestic violence.