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These Dogs Calm The Victims While They Testify Their Attackers In The Courthouse

Legal proceedings are usually stressful and a person requires emotional support while going through them. Some people have a smart attitude to counter stresses whereas many other just fail to bear the pressure. It plays an important role how well and clearly the accusers, witnesses, defendants describe their situations. There are several cases when the over-pressure poses a problem to the defendant in presenting themselves. A solution to such circumstances has been discovered by Ellen O’Neill Stephens and Celeste Walsen from Courthouse Dogs Foundation who believe that the presence of dogs in the courtroom can help the witnesses relax.

In the words of Ellen O’Neill, “When a person is reliving a traumatic event, they experience physiological reactions similar to what they had when the event was taking place. This adversarial system (of testifying in front of your attacker) is brutal. A lot of people come out damaged by it."

Courthouse Dogs Foundation aims to promote justice with compassion using professionally trained facility dogs as the medium to provide emotional support to everyone in the justice system. The dogs are made to undergo a training session of about two years in which they are acquainted to several emotional challenges that commonly arise in a courtroom and are also taught the ways to deal with them.

Currently spread across 28 states giving an employment to about 87 dogs, Courthouse Dogs was founded in 2004. 

These Dogs Calm The Victims While They Testify Their Attackers In The Courthouse

These Dogs Calm The Victims While They Testify Their Attackers In The Courthouse

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You might never had had a clue, dogs could be your strongest emotional anchors.

You might never had had a clue, dogs could be your strongest emotional anchors.

1. The heart melting sympathy of these dogs during traumatic testification in court makes you feel better.

1. The heart melting sympathy of these dogs during traumatic testification in court makes you feel better.

2. Courthouse Dogs Foundation aims to make it easier for you.

2. Courthouse Dogs Foundation aims to make it easier for you.

3. It is an independent and nonprofit organization.

3.  It is an independent and nonprofit organization.

4. It conducts several activities one of them being educating various professionals about the benefits of facility dogs.

4. It conducts several activities one of them being educating various professionals about the benefits of facility dogs.

5. They also support other nonprofit service dog organizations that train and employ facility dogs.

5. They also support other nonprofit service dog organizations that train and employ facility dogs.

6. They also do scientific research on the use of facility dogs.

6. They also do scientific research on the use of facility dogs.

7. The foundation also guides governmental agencies in program development using the best practice models.

7. The foundation also guides governmental agencies in program development using the best practice models.

8. These dogs, they indicate you about your well-wishers and the others.

8. These dogs, they indicate you about your well-wishers and the others.

9. They are the sweetest creatures on the earth.

9. They are the sweetest creatures on the earth.

10. They stand by your side no matter what.

10. They stand by your side no matter what.

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