Addressing Animal Abuse and Its Relationship to Interpersonal Violence

Hosted by: David Prescott, LICSW, ATSA-F
Guest Speaker: Larry Menzie, LCSW/R

Recorded on: March 22, 2023
Length: One Hour

In 2015, the Humane Society of the United States estimated that nearly one million animals a year are abused or killed in episodes of domestic violence. They also found that intentional cruelty to animals is strongly correlated with other crimes, including violence against people. This webinar introduces professionals to simple yet effective screening methods for how animal abuse and neglect may play a role with the individuals they are working with, along with discussion about managing the emotional effects of this difficult content. 

Every day, professionals working with abuse directly address the potential harm to humans that our clients can cause if left untreated or undertreated. However, the field has not focused as extensively on the intersection of an individual’s history of animal abuse and other problematic behaviors. It is possible that this may be due in part to the delicate and difficult nature of the subject matter. Having worked with underserved and marginalized communities, Larry Menzie will discuss his approach to addressing disturbing and/or difficult subject matters. 

Larry Menzie, LCSW/R
Executive Director, New York Counseling for Change, LLC

Larry Menzie, LCSWR, is the Co-Executive Director and Founder of Queens Counseling for Change, (QCC) and New York Counseling for Change, in Queens, NY. He is a licensed clinical social worker with over 30 years of experience. He received his MSW from Columbia University in 1994. In 2003, he and a fellow social worker developed QCC, an agency specializing in treating the responsible party accused of or at risk for engaging in violence. As Executive Director and a Clinician, Larry has been involved in the care of thousands of individuals attending services for: problematic sexual behaviors, anger, bias, intimate partner violence, and community and family violence. Larry has assisted several agencies in their development of practices and procedures related to the treatment and supervision of problematic sexual behaviors.  

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