All sessions will be held in the Alumni Auditorium (formerly Ambassador Auditorium) in the CAW Centre at the University of Windsor.

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Thursday, October 11th
7:30 AM


7:30 AM - 8:20 AM

8:20 AM

Indigenous Opening and Welcome

Theresa Sims

8:20 AM - 8:30 AM

8:30 AM

Keynote: Animal abuse and interpersonal violence: The evolution of a research domain

Frank Ascione, University of Denver

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

9:30 AM


9:30 AM - 9:45 AM

9:45 AM

Session 1: "Her fur is so thin - she's stressed": Trauma and Stress in Abused Animal Companions

Dianne Lalonde, Western University

9:45 AM - 10:45 AM

9:45 AM

Session 1: VAW shelters and companion animals – A call for transforming social work education and practice to reflect trans-species social justice

Atsuko K. Matsuoka, York University
John Sorenson, Brock University

9:45 AM - 10:45 AM

10:45 AM

Session 2: Findings from Canadian Shelter Staff and Survivors

AIPARG, University of Windsor

10:45 AM - 11:30 AM

11:30 AM


11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

12:30 PM

Keynote: Co-Sheltering Women and Pets: Lessons from the Front Line

Jaki MacKinnon, Bethesda House Shelter Services

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

1:30 PM


1:30 PM - 1:45 PM

1:45 PM

Session 3: Pet Safety and Women: Options for women with pets leaving abusive situations

May Lui, Ontario Association of Interval and Transition Houses

1:45 PM - 2:45 PM

1:45 PM

Session 3: Preserving the critical bond between domestic violence survivors and pets: breaking the barriers

Nicole Y. Forsyth, RedRover

1:45 PM - 2:45 PM

2:45 PM


2:45 PM - 3:00 PM

3:00 PM

Session 4: Co-Sheltering Nonhuman Companion Animals in Women’s Emergency Shelters in Ontario, Canada: From Model to Policy and Practice

Sarah May Lindsay, McMaster University

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

3:00 PM

Session 4: Escaping Violence Together: Housing pets in shelter with their loved ones

Kia C. Rainbow, Interval House of Ottawa

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

4:00 PM

Session 5: Access to housing for pet owners as healthy public policy

Taryn M. Graham, University of Calgary
Katrina J. Milaney PhD, University of Calgary
Cindy L. Adams PhD, University of Calgary
Melanie J. Rock PhD, University of Calgary

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

4:00 PM

Session 5: Concern for Animal Care and Safekeeping as a Barrier to Leaving Abusive Relationships: Experiences of Intimate Partner Violence and Animal Welfare Service Providers

Melissa A. Wuerch, University of Regina
Nicole Jeffrey, University of Guelph
Crystal Giesbrecht, Provincial Association of Transition Houses and Services in Saskatchewan (PATHS)
Tracy Knutson, Saskatchewan Towards Offering Partnership Solutions (STOPS) to Violence
Frances Wach, Saskatchewan Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

5:00 PM

Concluding remarks

5:00 PM - 5:30 PM