Presentation explores connection between animal and human violence

Staff Writer
Chillicothe Times-Bulletin

The Family Violence Coordinating Council, in partnership with Peoria County Animal Protection Services and the Peoria Humane Society, is hosting a free presentation on the correlation between animal abuse and human violence.

The presentation is from 2-3 p.m.Thursday at the main branch of the Peoria Public Library, 107 NE Monroe, downtown Peoria. Open to the public, the presentation will be in the lower level auditorium #2. This presentation is a National Domestic Violence Awareness Month event.

PCAPS Director Lauren Malmberg and Peoria Humane Society Education Coordinator Kitty Yanko will present "Discover How Animal Abuse Correlates to Human Violence." The one hour presentation will explain the relationship between animal abuse and human violence. Persons attending will learn how to recognize and report animal abuse, intervene when animal abuse is observed or suspected, and prevent animal and human abuse and cruelty. This presentation was specifically developed for educators, law enforcement personnel, criminal justice professionals, community activists, and others concerned about violence and cruelty. The event will include handouts, information on additional resources, and Q & A.

Lauren Malmberg, MBA, has been in the animal welfare field for nearly 30 years. She provides training at regional and national workshops on cruelty investigations, ordinance enforcement, and other animal control issues. Kitty Yanko, BS, has nearly 20 years experience as an educator. A certified teacher, Yanko has developed Peoria Humane Society's educational programming.

For more information about the presentation or National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, contact Mary Taylor at 672-6922 or mtaylor@peoriacounty.org.