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Discussing Animal Abuse, Family Violence and Criminal Justice

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The connection between animal and domestic abuse is among the topics up for discussion during the Oct. 7 “Animal Abuse, Family Violence and Criminal Justice” symposium at Cal State Fullerton.


Scheduled speakers include:
1 p.m.  — Frank R. Ascione, scholar-in-residence at the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Social Work
2:30 p.m. — Deborah Knaan, L.A. County deputy district attorney and animal cruelty case coordinator, and Julie Wickser, a Los Angeles Police Department detective who works in the child abuse division.


Wednesday, Oct. 7
1 p.m.


Cal State Fullerton, Titan Student Union, Portola Pavilion
800 N. State College Blvd., Fullerton, 92831


$8 for a daily permit Monday through Friday. Details are available online.


“I teach a course titled ‘Animals, Law & Society,’ which focuses on a number of justice-related themes with regard to animals,” explains Jarret Lovell, professor of criminal justice and the symposium’s organizer. “One of the consistent findings in research is the link between animal abuse and domestic violence. Where there is animal abuse, there is often violence against domestic partners, too. In fact, abusers often use the threat of violence against a companion animal, such as a pet, to control the domestic partner. So gender plays an essential role in animal abuse.”

The link between animal and child abuse also will be discussed, he adds, as will the topics of humane law enforcement, being an animal abuse detective, and the challenges of prosecuting and securing convictions for those who abuse animals.


College of Humanities and Social Sciences; Division of Politics, Administration and Justice; Sociology Department; Alpha Phi Sigma; and Criminal Justice Student Association

Media Contacts:

Jarret Lovell, 657-278-2290
Sarah Muñoz, 657-278-3801