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 “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 2: Tools for Change

October 26, 2017: Enhance your Communication with your Feline Companion

Presented by:  Marissa Martino, CTC, CPDT – KA, Owner of Paws and Reward Dog Training

  • It’s so important to understand what your cat is communicating in order to provide him/her with a safe environment. This webinar will cover images of feline body postures, uncover what they mean, teach you how to strengthen your observation or “listening” skills and tools to keep your cats safe and happy in a domestic violence shelter.  

November 9, 2017: Enhance your Communication with your Canine Companion

Presented by: Marissa Martino, CTC, CPDT – KA, Owner of Paws and Reward Dog Training

  • It’s so important to understand what your dog is communicating in order to provide him/her with a safe environment. This webinar will cover images of canine body postures, uncover what they mean, teach you how to strengthen your observation or “listening” skills and tools to keep your dogs safe and happy in a domestic violence shelter. 

December 14, 2017: Advances in Human-Animal Interaction Laws

Presented by: Allie Phillips, Attorney Consultant for the Institute for Human-Animal Connection

  • For the past decade there has been significant advancements made in human-interaction laws that benefit people and animals and promote stronger human-animal bonds. Join in this webinar to learn about laws that address domestic violence pet protection orders, animal-assisted therapy and working animal laws expanding to the criminal justice system, cross-reporting crime laws, laws to address pets in women’s shelters, and more. 

January 11, 2018: How to Build a Successful and Sustainable Link Coalition 

Presented by: Phil Arkow, Coordinator, the National Link Coalition & Amber Ahern, Founder/Director, the South Florida Link Coalition

  • Renewed interest in how animal cruelty and neglect are frequently linked with domestic violence, child abuse, child sexual abuse, and elder abuse are prompting many communities to initiate multidisciplinary Link coalitions to reduce all forms of family violence. These coalitions build upon the synergy and cross-fertilization that occur when multiple perspectives and resources are utilized collaboratively to solve overarching civic problems. This webinar will review the advantages and challenges of organizing and sustaining a multidisciplinary coalition and lay out a 7-step process to success. We’ll examine a highly successful coalition in Florida and give you ideas as to how you can make exciting things happen in your community.

February 15, 2018: Linked-Informed Response: Changing Agency Procedures

Presented by: Allie Phillips, Attorney Consultant for the Institute for Human-Animal Connection

  • With growing awareness about the Link between violence to animals and people, human and animal welfare agencies along with prosecutor offices, law enforcement agencies and allied professionals are changing how they respond to Link-related cases and survivors. This webinar will address policies and procedures to change or implement in agencies for a more Link-informed response.

 

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All information from the Colorado LINK Project is provided for information purposes only as a public service. Information on the Colorado LINK Project website is subject to change without prior notice. Although every reasonable effort is made to present current and accurate information, the Colorado LINK Project and the Institute for Human-Animal Connection make no guarantees of any kind.