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Nancy Blaney

Nancy Blaney has advocated on behalf of animals for more than 35 years. She has been at the Animal Welfare Institute since 2007, where she is Director of Government Affairs. She works with federal and state legislators and regulators, other interest groups, and the law enforcement community to improve animal welfare, the prosecution of animal cruelty crimes, and public awareness of the relationship between animal abuse and other forms of violence, particularly all forms of family violence.

Nancy serves on the Animal Cruelty Advisory Council of the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys (co-chair); the National Sheriffs’ Association’s Animal Cruelty and Abuse Committee, the Training Advisory Board of the National Animal Care and Control Association (NACA), and the Advisory Board of the Small & Rural Law Enforcement Executives Association. She makes presentations to judges, law enforcement, prosecutors, domestic violence and animal welfare advocates, and others.

Nancy is the co-author of several articles, including “Protecting Domestic Violence Victims by Protecting Their Pets”, and “Animal Abuse as a Type of Trauma: Lessons for Human and Animal Service Professionals”, and also of the chapter “Advances in Understanding and Addressing the Link Between Pet Abuse and Human Partner Violence,” in the Handbook of Interpersonal Violence Across the Lifespan.