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Wednesday, May 25 • 09:00 - 10:00
Making connections between human and animal directed violence, aggression and cruelty

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Presented by Heather Fraser
This session focuses on “The Link” between animal and human directed cruelty, abuse and aggression, and also explores the possibility of humans and animals working together to mediate against the effects of such violence. After outlining research into “The Link”, I present my own (collaborative) work which considers some of the promising responses to acknowledgment of human-animal violence links, particularly regarding the feasibility of cross-sector - i.e. animal and human welfare sectors - reporting of abuse, already implemented in north America and the UK. I then discuss the potential of animal assisted therapies in mediating the negative effects of domestic violence and sexual abuse for humans. After noting some of the ethical and practical considerations of incorporating animals into therapeutic activities for humans, I present my own (collaborative) research into whether, and how, animal assisted therapy programs might be used with young people to change attitudes to animals and thereby potentially contribute to breaking the cycle of violence to both humans and other animals

Wednesday May 25, 2016 09:00 - 10:00 ACST
Hall M Adelaide Convention Centre