July 23, 2003
Colorado Alliance for Cruelty Prevention
§ Next Steps
Purpose of Potential Collaborative
§ Publicize how violence against animals is linked to other forms of family violence.
§ Decrease the incidences of abuse against animals in family violence situations.
§ Linda Lincoln (Jeffco DA’s Office)
§ Aura Leigh Ferguson (Jeffco DA’s Office)
§ Meredith Silverstein (American Humane Association)
§ Aubrey Lavizzo (Vet)
§ Ralph Johnson (Colorado Veterinary Medical Association)
§ Sarah Nickles (Colorado Coalition Against Domestic Violence)
§ Kay Dahlinger (City of Aurora)
§ Bill Porter (Creating Caring Communities)
§ Sharry Erzinger (Violence Prevention Education Committee, FindtheGood.org)
§ Rebecca Riff (grad student in social work, working at American Humane Association)
§ Dave Shultz (Denver PD)
§ Trish Thibodo (Colorado Coalition Against Domestic Violence)
§ Jan Mickish (Mickish Consulting)
§ Bill Walters (Colorado Bar Association)
§ Greg Martin (CBA)
§ Rick Weinberg (City of Aurora)
§ Noni Mayfield (CBA intern)
§ Beth Cunningham (CBA intern)
§ Kath Schoen (CBA)
§ Judy Gordon (facilitator)
§ Tuesday September, 2003, 7:30-10:00AM at CBA
§ Continue thinking about what problems/solutions group wants to work on.
§ Break into concurrent small groups and report back to large group on same day.
§ Define additional/confirm coalition partners.
Background (presented by Kath Schoen)
§ The idea for the project/collaboration began with a conversation between the Colorado Bar Association’s Executive Director and the Denver Dumb Friends League Executive Director.
§ Next steps are to begin brainstorming to see what the community wants to do with the issue on a larger scale.
§ Two recent events have spurred interest and concern about animal abuse and the need to raise public awareness around the issue: (1) release of a cat in a balloon by a Denver radio station and (2) numerous area cat mutilations.
§ Participants introduced themselves.
§ CBA staff will create, distribute, and maintain a roster of participants.
Following is a selection of introductory comments.
What I bring . . .
§ “experience working with collaborations”
§ “experience dealing with this issue in my practice”
§ “ability to assess level of violence in situations”
§ “connection to DV organizations”
§ “connection to vet community”
§ “training materials”
§ “expertise with youth”
§ “review of the relevant literature and policies nationwide”
§ “training expertise”
§ “experience working with victims and perpetrators”
§ “a template for project-based collaborations”
What I hope to get from the project/What I hope the project accomplishes
§ “increase public awareness”
§ “discover the best thinking on this issue”
§ “get more people involved”
§ “earlier and continuous intervention”
§ “not start from scratch”
§ “share cross-professional perspectives”
§ “do cross-training”
§ “work on prevention and intervention, and hopefully eliminate need for prosecution”
§ “break the cycle”
§ “put info in a consumer-friendly mode”
§ “treat crimes of violence against animals and crimes of violence against humans more equitably”
§ A handout was distributed listing three problems the group may choose to address. These problems were articulated by several members prior to the convening of the larger group.
§ The problems all shared a common theme – people need more information and education about this issue.
§ The problems addressed different audiences – Professional, General Public, and Victims.
§ At the meeting, the group expanded the audiences to consider (see below).
§ The group did not discuss any strategies to address the problems. That discussion will take place at future meetings.
Preliminary List of Potential Audiences to be Served by the Collaboration:
WHO IS INCLUDED
consider two overarching categories:
(1) animal welfare and family violence professionals
(2) professionals who work with families on other issues
§ attorneys – civil and criminal
§ Violence Prevention Education Committee of Findthegood.org
§ educators and researchers
§ law enforcement (probation, parole, diversion, fire department)
§ day care providers
§ pet sitters
§ DV advocates and service providers
§ human medicine professionals (hospitals, physicians, dentists, social workers, lay health visitors, therapists)
§ human services/social services professionals
§ first responders
§ perpetrator treatment providers
§ staff at animal control/shelters
§ child protection service providers
§ business community (CBA’s Domestic Violence: Make It Your Business project has been successful in reaching out to the business community)
§ taxi drivers
§ homeowner associations
WHO IS INCLUDED
(there is a range of different ways people believe animals should be treated; cultural factors)
Highlights of General Discussion
§ Animals may serve as a hook to help make people more aware of domestic violence. (Most people have empathy around animals; we can get their attention by playing to their heart strings.)
§ Women lack resources to leave abusive situations; may not be able to take care of their animals; someone has made an offer of crates (animal shelters?); we can connect across constituencies.
§ When we say domestic violence some may not hear us.
§ Animal abuse is not just happening in domestic violence.
§ The Link is offering a training on October 16th, 2003 that is open to all interested. Kay will provide details.
§ CBA will circulate minutes and a roster to all in attendance and all who were on the initial invite list.
§ American Humane Association will send CBA electronic versions of a recent environmental scan and a policy matrix.
§ All other members are invited to send appropriate information to CBA to support efforts in resource mapping, building a document library.
§ CBA will make all resources available to all members who will be asked to review these pieces prior to the next meeting (Tuesday September 23, 2003 from 7:30-10:00AM at CBA).
§ CBA will provide meeting space, facilitation services, and intern services, as needed.
minutes prepared by Judy Gordon