February 02, 2018

ABA, British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals to assist domestic violence victims

CHICAGO, Jan. 26, 2018 — The American Bar Association Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section (TIPS) and the Young Lawyers Division (YLD) will partner with the British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (BC SPCA) and Atira Women’s Resource Society to assist women affected by domestic violence on Friday, Feb. 2, at 9 a.m. during the Midyear Meeting in Vancouver. 

Volunteers will assemble support packages for women affected by domestic violence and their pets, while listening to speakers highlighting the link between domestic violence and animal abuse, as well as the need to provide shelter to the pets of people affected by violence.

“We are pleased to partner with the YLD, BC SPCA and Atira to draw attention to the links between animal abuse and other forms of family violence,” says Daina Bray, chair of the TIPS Animal Law Committee. “Research shows that up to 48 percent of people affected by domestic violence delay leaving an abusive relationship because they do not have safe shelter for their animals.”

Advocates for the less fortunate, the TIPS Animal Law Committee and TIPS Law in Public Service Committees co-sponsor several semi-annual public service projects. Past projects include pet vaccination clinics, sundry donation drives and food bank/meal-packing programs. Projects are coordinated to reflect the needs of the city in which the association meets. Members, sponsors and their families are often encouraged to attend the project.

“TIPS events represent more than just professional networking or continuing education. They remind us that, as attorneys, our profession empowers us to serve society at large, especially those most vulnerable,” says Rocky Dhir, CEO of TIPS Section Sponsor Atlas Legal Research and an active TIPS member. TIPS provides a unique, multi-faceted opportunity for involvement.  I am incredibly proud to support this mission.”

Additional details regarding the project can be found here

Interested volunteers should reach out to TIPS staff liaison Norma Campos at norma.campos@americanbar.org. Volunteers are encouraged to meet at 8:30 a.m. on Feb. 2 at the Pan Pacific Hotel or the Hyatt Regency for coordinated transportation to the project.

The ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section unites plaintiff, defense, insurance, and corporate counsel to advance the civil justice system. TIPS is a national source of expertise in tort, trial and insurance practice and brings lawyers together to share information and speak out on issues of importance. The section has over 20,000 members and more than 30 general committees that focus on substantive and procedural matters in areas across the broad spectrum of civil law and practice. For more information about the Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section visit the TIPS website, www.americanbar.org/tips.

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