May 7 – Animal Abuse and Family Violence: A Training Program

The NYC Family Justice Center, Queens hosted “The Link Between Animal Abuse and Family Violence: A Training Program” on May 7, 2014. History and quite literally centuries of research prove that animal cruelty, including violence against animals is an established indicator of human violence, including domestic violence and child abuse/neglect. Eighty-eight per-cent (88%), of homes with abused animals have family violence. Criminals, including the very worst in history, including, most recently, Jeffrey Dahmer, the Columbine school shooters, and the BTK killer, Denis Rader all had a history of animal violence. Michael J. Devereaux has been lecturing as often as possible throughout the country, including the State and City of New York on this “link,” advocating for mandatory cross-reporting in the State of New York to statutorily put in practice what we’ve known for centuries that animal violence establishes a propensity to human violence. Other countries throughout the world mandate cross-reporting, and other states in our country mandate cross-reporting but not yet the State of New York.

Anna E. Ognibene
Senior Staff Attorney
Her Justice

Randall Carmel, Esq.
Chair, New York City Bar Association Children and the Law Committee
Law Offices of Randall S. Carmel

Elizabeth A. Frayer, Esq.
Member, New York City Bar Association Animal Law Committee
Associate, Emmet, Marvin & Martin, LLP

Michael J. Devereaux, Esq.
Member, New York City Bar Association Animal Law Committee


  • Comprehend the link between animal cruelty and interpersonal violence
  • Explore the state laws that recognize this link
  • Recognize the ethical implications of the link in the client-lawyer relationship
  • Identify and report animal cruelty, abuse and neglect
  • Incorporate an assessment of animal cruelty into child abuse and domestic violence evaluations
  • Learn about orders of protection for family pets
  • Utilize evidence of animal cruelty as a basis for a child neglect petition
  • Learn about resources available to assist abuse/neglect victims and remediate defendants

This event will take place at the NYC Family Justice Center, Queens, 126-02 82nd Avenue, Kew Gardens, NY 11415.

Space is limited and registration is required.  Please RSVP to, and include:

  1. Name of attendee (s)
  2. Organization and contact information including address
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