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Exploring the Link Between Animal Cruelty and Family Violence (1.5 FREE CEs)
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When: Thursday, June 14, 2018
From 12:15-1:45pm
Where: NASW-Michigan Office
741 N Cedar
Lansing, Michigan  48906
United States
Presenter: John Dinon, Director, Ingham County Animal Control
Contact: Tricia McCarthy

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Ingham County Animal Control Director, John Dinon, will discuss the link between animal cruelty and family violence. Animal Control departments are charged with enforcing animal cruelty laws, and while carrying out this duty often encounter signs of spouse and child abuse. In many states, animal control officers are mandatory reporters. In Michigan this is not the case, but many animal control agencies - including Ingham County - do report all suspected family violence. Director Dinon will provide an overview of animal control responsibilities, emphasizing animal cruelty enforcement and lead a discussion of animal cruelty's relationship with family violence.


This workshop is a special event put on by NASW-Michigan Human Animal Bond Work Group.


Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the link between animal cruelty and family violence
  • Understand how abusers use family pets as a tool of control
  • Understand how animal control agencies, other law enforcement and social services can work together to address family violence.

This workshop is free for NASW members, $20 for future members.


NASW-Michigan is an approved provider with the Michigan Social Work Continuing Education Collaborative, Provider Number MICEC-0017. This program is approved for 1.5 social work continuing education clock hours.


John Dinon has been involved in animal cruelty law enforcement for over 10 years as an Ohio Humane Agent and Humane Society Director and as an Animal Control Officer and Animal Control Director in Michigan. While the main focus of this profession is animal protection, animal control officers frequently encounter and report family violence while carrying out their duties. John is a lifelong animal welfare advocate, with a background in agriculture, zoo animal management and animal sheltering. His professional interest goes beyond animals themselves to include the relationship between animals and people. He is a Michigan native, happily married and has 3 dogs from shelters and one cat from the mean streets of Toledo Ohio.

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