Safer Together: Cross-Reporting for Humane and Human Services

Workshop Organizer:  Missouri Alliance for Animal Legislation
Hosted by: Humane Society of Missouri
Friday, October 29, 2021 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Humane Society of Missouri
1201 Macklind Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63110

(Pre-registration required.  50 spots available in person, Live Streaming option available)

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Violence against humans and violence against animals are often treated as separate issues though research indicates that violence and vulnerability are directly linked (commonly referred to as: “The Cycle of Violence” or “The Violence Link”). The social service system is overwhelmed and underfunded, and animal abuse is often overlooked and referred to humane organizations for investigation. The reality is that animal and human service agencies could better support victims (and potential victims) if we implemented a more holistic, collaborative, cross-reporting approach. If you are a social worker, mental health professional, probation officer, victim advocate, CASA, animal control officer, humane investigator or educator, then you already know that there is a connection between the abuse of vulnerable people and animals but perhaps you’d like to learn more about “The Violence Link” and what you can do about it.  At this seminar you will hear from 11 experienced individuals from a wide variety of professions across the human and animal welfare fields. You will learn more about the connection between animal abuse and human violence, build your network and apply your understanding of “The Violence Link” to your work in support of your clients.

This free opportunity provides 5 hours of continuing education units approved by NASW and MACA.

8:45-9:00 a.m. Arrival and coffee with HSMO animal ambassadors

9:00 a.m. Aislinn McCarthy-Sinclair, MSW

  • Disclaimer that content of speakers’ presentations may be disturbing.
  • History of the link/one health.
  • Need for professionals to come out of silos and work together.

9:20 a.m. Dr. Julie Brinker, DVM MS

  • Will review case studies that demonstrate the link between animal/elder/child abuse and neglect in her experience.
  • Will review important statistics about the link.
  • Public health concerns about increase in dog bites in homes where there is violence.
  • How social workers can recognize animal abuse and neglect.
  • How social workers can currently report animal abuse and neglect.

10:20 a.m. Cari Pointer, Child Abuse and Neglect Program Specialist

  • Will educate on how to identify and report child abuse.
  • The role of pets in children and families’ lives.
  • Her experience of the connection between child and animal abuse.

10:50-11:05 a.m. Break (Visit our shelter animals)

11:05-11:35 a.m. JoEllyn Klepacki, HSMO Director of Education

  • The positive side of the human-animal bond.
  • The importance of humane education in breaking cycles of abuse for humans and animals.

11:35 a.m.-12:20 p.m. Lisa Saylor, Survivor and Advocate

  • Her and her children’s story of survival from domestic violence.
  • How pets become pawns in the environment of family violence.
  • The healing power of pets for children.
  • Why she stayed.
  • How professionals should and should not interact with a person fleeing violence.

12:20-12:50 p.m. Lunch (Please bring your own lunch)

12:50-1:10 p.m. Kim Brown, APA Director of Operations

  • Will educate about the APA’s SafeCare Program and how it can help save people who have pets and are fleeing domestic violence.

1:10-1:40 p.m. Alyssa Cline, MSW

  • Impact on child development of being exposed to animal abuse.
  • Psychology of what happens to a child when they are removed from the violent home and their pet remains.
  • Why some children hurt animals.
  • Her experience of the link after years of working in foster care.

1:40-1:55 p.m. Bob Baker, Executive Director of Missouri Alliance for Animal Legislation

  • Discussion of Missouri laws that are important for social workers to know.

1:55-2:15 p.m. Christine Kalish, Lead Animal Cruelty Taskforce Coordinator-HSMO

  • Missouri Animal Control Association function.
  • Her experience of the link.

BREAK 2:15-2:30 p.m. Visit our shelter animals

2:30-3:00 p.m. Patti Short, Sheriff Marshak’s Office Jefferson County

  • The link as seen by the Sheriff’s office.
  • The importance of reporting abuse of those who are vulnerable.
  • How the Sheriff’s office seeks to improve community.

3:00-3:15 p.m. MO Representative Kimberly-Ann Collins

  • The importance of mandates and laws in keeping vulnerable populations safe.
  • Her experiences of the link as a legislator.
  • Cross-reporting bill that will be proposed.

The importance of lobbying legislators for improvement in human and humane services.

3:15-3:30 p.m. Q&A Session

If you have any questions, please contact us at or 314-951-1572