Courthouse Dogs Foundation
Expert education and guidance for legal professionals
We will be in New Mexico
January 13-18, 2014
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This free video is made possible by the generous support of the Seattle Police Department and the Seattle Police Foundation. We can only mail this DVD to individuals working in the field of criminal justice. Please include information about your professional position and agency when making this request.
Since 2003 courthouse dogs have provided comfort to sexually abused children while they undergo forensic interviews and testify in court. These dogs also assist treatment court participants in their recovery, visit juveniles in detention facilities, greet jurors and lift the spirits of courthouse staff who often conduct their business in an adversarial setting.
Courthouse dogs specialize in assisting individuals with physical, psychological, or emotional trauma due to criminal conduct. These facility dogs should be graduates from assistance dog organizations that are accredited members of Assistance Dogs International to ensure that they do not create a public danger and are stable, well-behaved, and unobtrusive to the public. Courthouse facility dogs are handled by criminal justice professionals, such as a deputy prosecutor, a law enforcement officer, a victim advocate, or a forensic interviewer.
The use of courthouse dogs can help bring about a major change in how we meet the emotional needs of all involved in the criminal justice system. Their calming presence promotes justice with compassion.
Newly revised - Pet Therapy Dogs in the Criminal Justice System
Our 2013 International Courthouse Dogs Conference