Monthly Meetings

Friday, November 9, 2018Irving Family Advocacy Center (FAC), 600 West Pioneer Drive, Irving 75061 – Details to follow

December 2018 – The North Texas LINK Coalition will NOT meet in December. The Executive Committee WILL hold its annual planning meeting.

2019 Quarterly Training Events

The North Texas LINK Coalition will offer a series of CEU training sessions on January 11, April 12, July 12, and October 11, 2019  – Details to follow


16th Annual North Texas Families Facing Violencentffv conference logo

Presented by the Collin County Council on Family Violence

When: October 17-19, 2018

Where: Collin College, Spring Creek Campus: 2800 E. Spring Creek Parkway Plano, TX


The North Texas Facing Family Violence conference offers affordable continuing education credits for law enforcement and social services professionals. Attendees will gain valuable insight into best practices and emerging trends in criminal justice response, victim assistance, education, and mental health. CEs Pending Approval: CJAD, LMFT, LPC, LCDC, LCSW, LMSW, TDCJ-CJAD, TCOLE and MCLE. The North Texas LINK Coalition and the SPCA of Texas will exhibit at the conference to share information on the LINK between animal abuse and human violence. Register today!


Friday, October 12, 2018 – North Texas LINK Coalition Monthly Meeting

Thank you Catholic Charities Dallas for hosting October’s meeting. Special thanks to Gloria Renteria, Program Manager, Victims & VAWA, for her presentation on the many programs and services offered by Catholic Charities Dallas, including the newly opened St. Jude Center – Senior Housing for The Homeless. And to the SPCA of Texas, host agency to the coalition, for presenting on the importance of inter-agency collaboration to improve animal AND community welfare.

Friday, September 14, 2018 – North Texas LINK Coalition Monthly Meeting

Thank you JUBILEE PARK for hosting September’s meeting. Speakers, Felicia Kerney, Animal Cruelty Unit Chief and Carla Bean, Protective Orders Division Chief, both with the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office presented on The LINK & Texas Laws and Protective Orders with Pet Provisions. Participants also watched a brief video advocating for the proposed Pet and Women Safety (PAWS) ActCurrently in Congress, the act would provide grant funding for programs and shelters to assist domestic violence victims who have pets.

PAWS share the story video linkClick here to watch

Thursday, March 9, 2018 – 2018 LINK CONFERENCE – Dallas, Texas

The 2018 LINK Conference was a great success thanks to our sponsors, speakers, panelists, and attendees! Breaking the Cycles of Violence: A Species-Spanning Approach to Safer Families and Communities was held on Friday, March 9, 2018, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM, Dallas, Texas. Professionals from cities throughout Texas and Oklahoma met in Dallas, Texas at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel – Richardson for an all-day conference, Breaking the Cycles of Violence, A Species-Spanning Approach to Safer Families and Communities. Keynote speaker was the internationally acclaimed lecturer, author and educator Phil Arkow, Chair of the Latham Foundation’s Animal Abuse and Family Violence Prevention Project, and Co-Founder of the National LINK Coalition. Breaking the Cycles of Violence explored the research-based LINK between animal abuse and human violence – “the dark side” of human-animal interactions and its impact on human relationships and social services, animal care and control, law enforcement and criminal justice, and human and veterinary medicine.

CLICK here to see the 2018 LINK Conference Brochure

Conference participants also heard presentations on link-related public policies, new animal cruelty code enhancements, and innovative programs to prevent family violence and to respond to its human and animal victims. Following the presentations, Mr. Arkow facilitated an open-floor Ask The Experts Q&A Panel featuring Felicia Kerney, Animal Cruelty Chief/Dallas County District Attorney’s Office; Shelby Bobosky, President/Texas Humane Legislative Network; David Alex, Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office; and Art Munoz, Chief Investigator/SPCA of Texas Animal Cruelty Investigations Unit.

CEUs were offered: 4.5 hours TCOLE provided by The Family Place. 4.5 CLE hours provided by Texas Humane Legislation Network. 5.5 SW/LPC hours provided by The Family Place. 5.5 CE hours approved by the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) to apply toward animal control officer continuing education (CE) requirements per Ch. 829 of the Texas Health and Safety Code. 5.5 CE hours approved by the Society of Animal Welfare Administrators [CAWA].

The Conference was hosted by the SPCA of Texas and North Texas LINK Coalition, and Debra Mitchell-Ibe, LMSW Senior Director, Training & Community Education, The Family Place served as Announcer. Sponsors included: SPCA of Texas, Texas Humane Legislation Network, Bamboo Grove Creative, Adult Protective Services Region 3 DFW, and these individuals: Linda Ross, Linda Yarbrough.

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