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EXPERTS MEET TO ATTACK ABUSE ISSUES

Law enforcement officers, social service workers, mental health professionals, animal care and rescue personnel and others will attend a day-long conference hosted by Broward Sheriff Ken Jenne to examine new ways of preventing abuse within families and the often-resulting community violence.

“There is no excuse for any kind of abuse aimed at the vulnerable members of our society – children, animals, the elderly and infirm – yet it happens every day,” Sheriff Jenne said. “Any new insight to preventing the violence that tears at our community should be fully explored by everyone in a position to stop it.”

BSO’s Family Violence Prevention Conference will be held Thursday, October 17th at the Broward County Convention Center, 1950 Eisenhower Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale. The featured speaker will be Dr. Randall Lockwood, a national expert on the relationship between animal cruelty and human violence. Dr. Lockwood is a psychologist, researcher and executive with the U.S. Humane Society in Washington, D.C.

Participants will include staff members from the Department of Children and Families; psychologists, social workers and family therapists from the Broward County school system; local law enforcement officers; service organizations such as Women In Distress and Kids in Distress; victim advocates and clergy members countywide; county animal care and rescue personnel; and veterinarians. At least 350 participants are expected.

Interested professionals can register until October 7th by calling Cheryl Vara at (954) 321-5076. The fee is $35.00, lunch included. Law enforcement officers can receive re-training credit, and continuing education units have been approved in some other fields.

This report by: Cheryl Stopnick/Media Relations

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