Lisa was recently asked to serve as one of three co-chairs of the newly-formed National Coalition on Violence Against Animals (NCOVAA). On January 22, she attended the first meeting of the coalition, which was organized by the National Sheriffs’ Association. Coalition members represent approximately 40 national and state-level organizations working in diverse fields and disciplines, including law enforcement, animal protection, mental health, domestic violence, veterinary medicine, and the judicial system.
NCOVAA seeks to identify ways in which the participating organizations can work together to reduce violence against animals. The group will identify gaps in current efforts and recommend policies, programs, and research that will help us to reach this goal. Fellow co-chairs of the group are Michelle Welch, Assistant Attorney General, Virginia Attorney General’s Office, and John Thompson, Deputy Executive Director and Chief of Staff, National Sheriffs’ Association.