Save the Date: Human-Animal Violence Workshop @ University of Canterbury, NZ

Exploring the Links in-and-between Human-Animal Violence: A Workshop for Human and Animal Service Professionals

Hosted by The New Zealand Centre for Human-Animal Studies and the Department of Social Work and Human Services at the University of Canterbury


When: Tuesday June 2nd, 2020

Where: University of Canterbury Ilam campus, Rehua 329.

This event is FREE but capped at 40 places so please register here


This workshop is aimed at anyone working in human or animal services who wants a better understanding of human-animal violence links. Our three presenters will cover up-to-date research on violence to animals, including links between domestic and family violence and animal abuse. Anyone interested in understanding more about human-animal violence from a range of community services is welcome to attend.


12.30-1.30pm Domestic Violence and Animal Abuse: Rescuing You, rescuing Me, Nik Taylor and Heather Fraser

Nik and Heather will discuss their recent research project and book on how important it is to understand and facilitate the bond between humans and their companion animals while they are fleeing domestic violence.

1.30-2.00pm Afternoon tea (vegan)
2.00-3.00pm ‘Taking it out on the dog’: Towards an understanding of why adults abuse animals

Emma will discuss her latest research on the social and psychological factors associated with the perpetration of animal abuse. She will also present the latest advances in theory development that can provide a preliminary framework for working with adults who have harmed animals.

3.00-4.00pm Guided discussion from the floor

The three speakers will take any questions from participants in a session designed to follow participants specific interests in this area.



NikA/Prof Nik Taylor is a critical and public sociologist whose research focusses on mechanisms of power and marginalisation expressed in/through human relations with other species and is informed by critical/ intersectional feminism. Nik currently teaches topics in the Human Services and Social Work program at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, that focus on human-animal violence links; scholar-advocacy; social change, and crime and deviance, particularly domestic violence and animal abuse. Nik’s latest books include Ethnography after Humanism Power, Politics and Method in Multi-Species Research (Palgrave, 2017, with Lindsay Hamilton) and Neoliberalization, Universities and the Public Intellectual: Species, Gender and Class and the Production of Knowledge (Palgrave, 2017, with Heather Fraser).


HeatherA/Prof Heather Fraser has been a social work educator for three decades and is currently an Associate Professor in the School of Public Health and Social Work at QUT in Brisbane. Heather’s recent research projects relate to: a) understanding violence and abuse from an anti-oppressive practice perspective; b) domestic violence and companion animals; and c) dairy famers’ wellbeing and animal welfare practices. Heather is the (co)author of more than forty publications, including four books, the first being, In the Name of Love, Women’s Narratives of Love and Abuse (2008, Women’s Press, Toronto). She identifies as an intersectional feminist and critical social worker.


EmmaDr Emma Alleyne is a Senior Lecturer in Forensic Psychology at the University of Kent in the UK. Emma’s theoretical and empirical work examines the social, psychological, and behavioural factors that explain various types of aggressive behaviour. For example, her current research explores why adults engage in animal cruelty, with the aim of identifying the key treatment needs for prevention and intervention purposes. She is particularly interested in how human-human versus human-animal empathy relate to animal abuse specifically and interpersonal violence more broadly. Emma pursues research lines that investigate how other types of regulatory processes (e.g., emotion regulation, moral disengagement) facilitate offending behaviour. Other research interests include the psychological factors that distinguish gang youth from non-gang youth (especially when coming from similar social/environmental backgrounds) and the treatment needs of female firesetters.









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