One Health Domestic Violence Workshop

One Health Domestic Violence Workshop



September 26, 2023, 8am-5pm


Lisbon Congress Centre, Portugal


One Health Domestic Violence Workshop

For Who?

All related occupations. See Below

We invite you to attend this amazing free registration workshop for veterinarians, veterinary team members, social services, domestic violence groups, prosecutors, and victim support services.

Topics to be covered:

  • Recognizing the link between animal abuse and domestic violence
  • Recognizing signs of animal abuse related to domestic violence and management within the veterinary practice
  • Understanding risk factors for pets and people in domestic violence
  • Understanding the role of the veterinary community in pet programs for domestic violence cases
  • Understanding international perspectives in developing pet response programs
  • Learning how to implement a pet response program
7:30-8:00 Registration, Continental breakfast
8:00-9:45 Welcome: Opening Remarks
The Link Between Animal Cruelty and Domestic Violence

  • Risk Factors and Barriers

Managing Suspected Animal Cruelty and Domestic Violence in Veterinary Practice

  • Recognition of abuse related to domestic violence
  • Client discussions and management

Dr. Melinda Merck, Veterinary Forensics Consulting, USA

9:45-10:00 Break
10:00-11:45 Domestic Violence Pet Response Plans: UK Perspective

  • Dogs Trust Freedom Project
  • Links Group Pet Fostering sub-group
  • Links Group: Veterinary Undergraduate Training / Links
  • Veterinary Training Initiative
  • Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons: Code of Professional Conduct
  • Animal Welfare Act

Dr. Paula Boyden: Veterinary Director, Dogs Trust; Chair, The Links Group, UK

11:45-13:00 Lunch with Presentation: Forensic Psychology of Domestic Violence and Animal Cruelty (45 min)

  • Insight into those that commit domestic violence and animal cruelty

Mauro Paulino, Consultant Forensic Psychologist at National Institute of Legal Medicine and Forensic Sciences, Lisbon, Portugal

13:00-14:45 Domestic Violence Pet Response Plans: USA Perspective

  • Animal Safety Net Program

Legal and Prosecution Considerations for Domestic Violence and Animal Cruelty Cases

  • Opportunities for Legal and Prosecution Efforts

Madeline Bernstein: President SPCA Los Angeles, former New York Animal Cruelty Prosecutor, USA

14:45-15:00 Break
15:00-15:45 Animal Cruelty and Domestic Violence: Portugal Perspective

Beliefs and attitudes of Portuguese veterinarians about violence against animals and humans

Dr. Anabela Santos Moreira, Veterinary Forensic Toxicologist, Faculdade de Medicina Veterinária, Lisbon, Portugal

Bridging the gaps: perspectives from a prosecutor on investigating Crimes and protecting victims

Dra. Eunice Marcelino, Prosecutor, Lisbon, Portugal

15:45-16:15 The Journey to the Purple Leash Project:

Dr. Emily Cross

16:15-17:00 Panel Discussion: Implementation of Programs Q&A

All speakers