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One of the most dangerous things that can happen to a child is to kill or torture an animal and get away with it.
- Margaret Mead, Anthropologist
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Who We Are:
We are a coalition of Berkshire County citizens and professionals who come together to identify the connections between animal cruelty and human violence. As professionals in the fields of education, animal protection, human services, law enforcement, and veterinary medicine we work to find ways to make Berkshire County a safer, healthier, and more humane place for people and animals.



Or view our longer video with more information about HAVEN.
Thanks to The Shirley Shattuck Charitable Trust for funding our video.


HAVEN's Mission:
To make Berkshire County a safe and humane place for animals and people through the development of a broad-based coalition concerned about the links between human violence and animal cruelty, to inform and educate the public, and to foster ongoing communication and collaboration between professionals to address violence in all its forms.


What HAVEN Does



If you have an emergency, dial 911.
To report domestic violence, animal abuse or child abuse use the resources provided here.






Animal Abuse Stories
 
Good news for animals and law enforcement in MA

April 11, 2014
Court: Police can enter homes to save animals

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ONE BILLION RISING for JUSTICE. Feb 14, 2014


Massachusetts Dog is First In State to Be Included in Domestic Violence Restraining Order

First animal to be included in restraining order under the new MA law. We are sorry the family needed to use this but happy it was in place to protect them all. We hope they will be reunited with their dog soon.

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Bill to include animals in restraining orders passes in Massachusetts

GREAT NEWS! The bill to include animals in restraining orders was passed by the MA legislature and signed by Governor Patrick in Aug, 2012.

This bill focuses on much needed updates to the animal control laws as well as the ability to include animals in protective orders.

Congratulations to everyone who helped to pass this important legislation.


Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick Signs S.2192!

   - Info on the bill from MSPCA
   - Lots of great photos from the event at Dog Breath Photography.





NEWS - HAVEN and Friends

Comments from Worcester DCF staff who attended the HAVEN training
"This training was really interesting! The intersections between violence or cruelty towards animals and how this intersects domestic violence was eye opening. The need to document this needs to be explored fully as I don't think this happens as much as it should or as accurately as needed in these cases. I think often our focus is on the children and not understanding what other things have taken place in the home such as violence towards the animals in the home."

"I loved the training overall and I love that there's always room for new ideas! ...For example, the piece about interviewing children on their pets and violence directly related by their caretaker or other family member is so key! This is a great way to obtain information we are looking for."

"...I started reading the book and man what an eye awakening. Thank you for teaching in that we pay closer attention to cues of animal violence and cruelty and how it interlaces with human trauma. Well wishes to all humans and animals alike."
October 30, 2013      Read More

HAVEN speaks to SafePlan Advocates
HAVEN is proud to have been invited to present about the connection between animal cruelty and domestic violence at a statewide training of MA Office of Victim Assistance (MOVA) SafePlan Advocates...
May 8, 2013      Read Full Story

SAD NEWS
HAVEN founder Lorna Grande was introduced to the police aspect of the connection between animal cruelty and interpersonal violence by two men. Paul Johnston and Tom Flanagan. Both over 30 year veterans of the Boston Police Dept. Paul passed away this weekend and we are deeply saddened. His soft spoken, kind interactions with people will always be remembered.

Thanks you, Paul for all you did for animals, human and non human, you will be missed. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.

November 27, 2012      Read article

Berkshire County Asst District Attorney Kellp Kemp Received Award
We are proud to announce that HAVEN partner Berkshire County Asst District Attorney Kellp Kemp is this years recipient of the Mass Veterinary Medical Association's Merit Award. Kelly is being honored for her tough prosecution of animal cruelty cases in Berkshire County and her efforts through HAVEN to educate other prosecutors in MA. Kelly is the Chief Prosecutor in the DAs office and an adjunct faculty member in the Criminal Justice Dept at Berkshire Community College. She is featured in this month's Animal Life Publication, pick up a copy!

Congratulations to Kelly, everyone at HAVEN is very proud!! See you at the Awards dinner!
March 2012      Read Press Release - PDF

Amazing Grace - In her new career, this retired judge advances animal and child welfare
"...After this eureka moment, Grace sought out Grande as a mentor during the month-long externship required for the degree in animals and public policy..."
May 24, 2011      Read Full Story

Haven welcomes student extern from Tufts Center for Animals in Public Policy Master's program
"...Receiving the offer of free labor from a hard working, motivated student is always good news, however this news was different because the student is a retired juvenile court judge!! The Honorable Chief Justice (ret) Martha Grace has been working with HAVEN for the month of January..."
January 2011      Read Full Story

DA's training links domestic violence, animal abuse
"...Dr. Lorna Grande, coordinator of the Berkshire Country-based Human/Animal Violence Education Network, said her coalition had found in 88 percent of the child abuse cases they handled, pets in the home were also subject to abuse or neglect..."
June 18, 2010      Read Story - Boston.com




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