Welcome to the Colorado LINK Project !

The Link refers to the fact that abusive behavior can manifest in many ways, creating overlaps among child maltreatment, maltreatment of at-risk adults, interpersonal violence, animal maltreatment and criminality. When the human-animal bond is broken by neglect, abuse or violence both humans and animals are victims. The implications for human and animal welfare necessitate viewing the Link as a public safety and human and animal welfare issue.

The Colorado LINK Project website has been created to provide information and resources for communities and professionals to better understand and respond to “the Link” related issues of public safety and human and animal welfare in Colorado.

We have launched a new webinar series! Interconnected: A webinar series on the human-animal bond and its impact on public health and well-being.

Register here for the Interconnected Webinar Series Part 1: Current systems and Best Practices

June 29, 2017 at 1:00p.m. MDT: The Co-Occurrence of animal abuse and family violence: Where are we now?

Presented by: Allie Phillips

Description: Since the mid-1970’s there has been a growth in studies and application exploring how animal abuse co-occurs with family violence. This webinar will discuss some of the latest research so that agencies and staff assisting victims of crime are better suited to assist when animals are caught in the crossfire.

July 13, 2017 at 1:00p.m. MDTWhat if animal cruelty is disclosed? How is it defined? If reported, what happens?

Presented by: Joe Stafford, Director of Animal Law Enforcement at Humane Society of Pikes Peak Region and Diane Balkin, Former Deputy District Attorney and Attorney with the Animal Legal Defense Fund Criminal Justice Program

Description: For agencies who are housing or assisting victims of domestic violence, or talking with children who have experienced or observed abuse and violence, a disclosure of animal abuse or neglect may occur. This webinar will discuss how animal cruelty is defined in Colorado, and if reported, who investigates, what does the investigation entail, and what to expect.

August 24, 2017 at 1:00p.m. MDT: Sheltering Animals & Families Together (SAF-T): An Innovative Global Initiative for Domestic Violence Shelters

Presented by: Allie Phillips

Description: When animals are targeted during family violence, it can create a significant barrier to safety for humans and animals. The SAF-T Program was created in recognition that families who are abused often have pets and do not wish to be separated from them when fleeing their abusive environment. This webinar will detail how to establish a SAF-T Program at your community domestic violence shelter, including housing options, safety protocols, funding and more.

September 21, 2017 at 1:00p.m. MDT: Pets of individuals and families experiencing homelessness

Presented by: Genevieve Frederick, Founder of Pets of the Homeless

Description: This webinar will outline why most shelters for people experiencing homelessness are not housing pets. Genevieve Frederick, Founder of Pets of the Homeless, will discuss a new model that addresses that issue, as well as resources for pets of people experiencing homelessness that include pet food and emergency veterinary care.


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