Jessica Benavides
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North Texas Facing Family Violence Conference

WHAT: The SPCA of Texas will take part in the 17th annual North Texas Facing Family Violence Conference (NTFFV), hosted by the Collin County Council on Family Violence (CCCFV) from Wednesday, October 23 until Friday, October 25. NTFFV is held to provide an environment where professionals can gain valuable insight into best practices and emerging trends in criminal justice response, victim assistance, education and mental health. Online registration has ended but walk-ins are still welcome to register on-site any day of the conference. To learn more visit

The SPCA of Texas and the North Texas LINK Coalition will have an exhibit table at the conference where people can learn more about the link between animal cruelty and family violence. Nationally, about 71% of pet owners entering domestic violence shelters report that their abuser had threatened, injured or killed family pets. The SPCA of Texas hopes to enlighten people about this disturbing trend and highlight the resources available to victims of abuse in our community like The Family Place, which offers housing for their clients and their pets.

Featured speakers at the conference include:

  • Dale Hansen, Sports Anchor, WFAA: Emcee of the conference and recipient of the Dallas Peace and Justice Center’s 2019 Inspiration Award
  • Phil Arkow, Co-Founder of the National Resource Center on the LINK between Animal Abuse and Human Violence
  • Felicia Kerney, Esq: Assistant District Attorney, Dallas County District Attorney's Office

Over 250 mental, health, law enforcement, legal and faith professionals will be at the event. The theme of this year's conference is Family and Intimate Partner Violence: Responding to Experiences Throughout the Lifespan. This includes recognizing the intersections of race, class, disability, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, and nationality.

WHEN: Wednesday, October 23, 2019 to Friday, October 25, 2019

WHERE: Collin College - Spring Creek Campus
2800 E Spring Creek Pkwy, Plano, TX 75074

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