Violence Connection Workshop

Spot the signs. Intervene in time.

Free seminar on stopping animal cruelty before it spreads

Alarmed about a rise in animal abandonment on the Treasure Coast, Pegasus Foundation and Help Us Help Them are cosponsoring a very special event to help animal advocates understand how cruelty toward animals—an already heinous and upsetting crime—can escalate to endanger people.

Violence Connection Workshop—a free seminar in Port St. Lucie—features one of the nation’s foremost experts in identifying and exposing the link between harming animal and humans.

From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 1 at Port St. Lucie Community Center, 2195 S.E. Airoso Blvd., Port St. Lucie, the Pegasus Foundation, the Spay/Neuter Alliance of the Treasure Coast and Help Us Help Them animal fund is sponsoring the Violence Connection Workshop, which looks at the link between animal abusers, domestic abusers and violent crime.

Phil Arkow, acclaimed author and educator, invites the community to connect the dots in helping spot and stop abusive behavior against animals and people. The event will examine:

  • How animal abuse, child abuse, and family violence intertwine
  • Link between serial murders and animal abusers
  • Key warning signs
  • How to talk with victims about violence in their lives
  • Assessing abusive situations and how to intervene
  • Innovative policies and strategies that make a difference


About Phil Arkow

Coordinator of the National Link Coalition and a consultant for American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Arkow has directed Link programs at the American Humane Association. Chair of the Latham Foundation’s Animal Abuse and Family Violence Prevention Project, he provides specialized training for animal shelters, child protection agencies, domestic violence programs, adult protective services, law enforcement, prosecutors, judges and veterinarians.


Event: Violence Connection Workshop: Expert event exploring the links between animal abusers, domestic abusers and violent crime

When: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 1 (refreshments provided)

Where: Port St. Lucie Community Center, 2195 S.E. Airoso Blvd., Port St. Lucie

Cost: Free

Public RSVP:, (772) 545-1227

Media contact: Ike Crumpler (772) 201-9996