Remaining Events in 2019

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According to the Animal Legal Defense Fund, the link between animal cruelty and violence towards humans is well-documented. Both the National Sheriffs’ Association and the FBI recognize that animal cruelty is a reliable indicator of future violence towards people – there is a strong correlation between elder abuse, child abuse, domestic violence, and animal cruelty. 

JOIN the North Texas LINK Coalition, attend the monthly meetings outlined below to learn more about the coalition’s efforts to stop the cycle of abuse and network with other service providers and first responders.

orange bar - link branded colorSeptember 13 | Monthly Meeting | Regular Time 10:00 AM – 11:30
RSVP by September 1, 2019!
Topic: Crisis Intervention, Workplace stress and Compassion Fatigue: Veterinary Social Work
Presenter: Sandra Brackenridge, LCSW, Veterinary Social Worker, Texas State Board Approved Supervisor
Location: SPCA of Texas, 2400 Lone Star Drive, Dallas, 75212

Photo courtesy of Sandra Brakenridge,

The Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association January 2019: A higher-than-expected number of deaths from suicide among veterinarians has been described in multiple studies from Australia, Norway, and the United Kingdom. In 1982, investigations of deaths due to any cause for US veterinarians who died during the years 1947 through 1977 found that the proportionate mortality ratios (PMR) for suicide among white male veterinarians was 1.7 times that of the general US population. Another study of male and female veterinarians in California who died during 1960 through 1992 determined the PMR for suicide among California veterinarians was 2.6 times that of the general population. Read full citations here: JAVMA January 1, 2019, Vol. 254, No. 1, Pages 104-112. 

In the spring of 2018, the Dallas veterinary community experienced the reality of these statistics when over the course of about a month, two veterinary techs, and one veterinarian died by suicide. The Dallas Morning News subsequently collaborated with WNYC Studios Anna Sale and Katie Bishop to create an online interactive found here: The stress of caring – working in a veterinary clinic has never been more demanding.

orange bar - link branded colorQUARTERLY TRAINING IV
October 11 | Special Time | 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
RSVP Required by October 1, 2019.
The Nexus of Animal Cruelty and Serious Crime
Presenter: Chelsea Rider, JD, MLS, Director, National Law Enforcement Center on Animal Abuse; Content Strategist, National Sheriffs Association; Program Assistant, National Neighborhood Watch; and Steering Committee Member, National LINK Coalition

Location: Dallas Police HQ, Training/Media Room, 1400 S. Lamar, Dallas, 75215
Pending CEs: ACO, CLE, TCOLE
There is no charge for this training. Continental Breakfast and Boxed Lunch are Included.
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October 23 – 25 | WED – FRI | 17th Annual North Texas Facing Family Violence (NTFFV) Conference | Collin County College, Spring Creek Campus, Plano, TX

The NTFFV Conference is an initiative of and sponsored by the Collin County Council on Family Violence.


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Read more about The 17th Annual North Texas Facing Family Violence Conference HERE.

The North Texas LINK Coalition and the SPCA of Texas, a co-founder of the Coalition, will exhibit again at this year’s conference and co-sponsor the Thursday, October 24th Key Note The Cruelty Connection: Breaking the Cycle of Domestic Violence by Preventing Animal Abuse by internationally acclaimed speaker Phil Arkow. Phil is Co-Founder of the National Resource Center on the LINK between Animal Abuse and Human Violence, and Coordinator for the National LINK Coalition. 

Phil Arkow – National LINK Coalition

Also, on Thursday, October 24, PET LIVES MATTER by Felicia Kerney, ESQ.,  Assistant District Attorney, Dallas County District Attorney’s Office. Felicia is Chief Prosecutor of the Animal Cruelty Unit, Chief Prosecutor over the offices’ Community Supervision Unit, and Supervisor over 14 satellite offices located throughout the County of Dallas as well as an after-hour office situated at the Genesis Women’s Shelter. Felicia is also co-founder of the North Texas LINK Coalition.

Felicia Kerney, ESQ. – Dallas County District Attorney’s Office

More about the NTFFV Conference: Founded in 2003, CCCFV’s annual conference provides an environment where organizations and individuals have an opportunity to gain valuable insight into current best practices as well as emerging trends in criminal justice response, victim assistance, education, and mental health. The workshops provided during this CCCFV conference are aimed at addressing the needs of professionals in a variety of different settings and disciplines and designed to provide continuing education units for law enforcement, prosecutors, faith leaders, mental health providers, and other allied professionals. Course topics include approaches related to domestic violence and sexual assault investigations, prosecuting strangulation cases, trauma-informed approaches, survivor informed perspectives and violence prevention.

The North Texas LINK Coalition (NTLC) is an active participant in the Collin County Council on Family Violence [CCCFV]. Linda Yarbrough, Coordinator, NTLC, serves as a voting member on CCCFV’s Advisory Committee.

orange bar - link branded colorNovember 8 | Monthly Meeting | Regular Time 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
RSVP Required for Security – Please RSVP by November 1, 2019.
Battering Intervention & Prevention Program
Cody Pinkham, MS, LPC-I, BIPP Coordinator, The Family Place
Dallas CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), 2757 Swiss Ave, Dallas, TX 75204.
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orange bar - link branded colorDecember  6| No Monthly Meeting. The North Texas LINK Coalition Executive Committee will meet to discuss the coalition’s 2020 Strategic Plan. The Committee welcomes your feedback. Please provide your comments, questions, and suggestions on the Contact Us page. Thank you!

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