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Advanced Course on Strangulation Prevention

October 27 - October 30

Training Institute on Strangulation Prevention


Friday, October 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30
8:00 AM – 2:00 PM PST
Registration ButtonCost to Attend: 
$500 per person
Strangulation has been identified as one of the most lethal forms of domestic violence and sexual assault. This course has been specifically created for professionals seeking to improve the investigation and prosecution of strangulation cases in their communities. The course will equip attendees with strategies to properly assess for non-fatal strangulation, advocate for the specific medical and safety needs of strangulation survivors, and testify as effective expert witnesses. This course is designed for communities seeking to implement new protocols, create system-wide changes, launch a strangulation response team, or learn about best practices.

The Training Institute is excited to offer our Advanced Course on Non-Fatal Strangulation Prevention, Class No. 22, in a virtual format! Strangulation ​has ​been ​identified ​as ​one ​of ​the ​most ​lethal ​forms ​of ​domestic ​violence ​and ​sexual ​assault. This training will be provided by the leading experts in America and held every Friday in October (Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30) from 8 AM to 2 PM PST with pre-course homework and optional networking sessions from 2 PM to 2:30 PM PST.
The ​Advanced ​Course ​covers: ​
  • The most current research and emerging case law on domestic violence and sexual assault strangulation crimes
  • Stranglers, cop killers, and terrorists
  • Understanding lethality and the need for training
  • A survivor’s perspective
  • Lessons learned from San Diego
  • Anatomy, physiology, medical signs, and symptoms
  • Long term consequences, delayed death, and fatal strangulation
  • Need for imaging and how to advocate for implementation
  • The role of all first responders, including dispatchers, paramedics, and crime scene investigators
  • Investigative strategies, report writing, and interviewing witnesses and the suspect
  • Clinical documentation and the forensic domestic violence/strangulation exam
  • Successful prosecution strategies
  • New strategies for advocacy and working with traumatized victims
  • Screening for traumatic brain injury and medical advocacy
  • Development of local experts
  • Use of experts in court, including tips for testifying
  • Advocating for victim safety from the time of arrest through probation
  • Recommendations for probation
  • Understanding and integrating ACES and science of HOPE in your work
  • Best practices and developing an implementation plan, including a county-wide protocol

But wait, there’s more! Check out our agenda to view the complete schedule

Attendees will have the opportunity to:
  • Work together as a multidisciplinary team and in affinity groups
  • Conduct a risk assessment and develop and an advocacy plan
  • Read top research, court cases, and review court transcripts
  • Apply trauma-informed investigation and advocacy techniques
  • Observe a mock direct and cross-examination
  • Identify experts, practice developing and expert witness and practice cross-examining
  • Bring a strangulation case for review by faculty and experts
  • Develop strategies for implementing best practices in local communities
  • Practice giving a 5-minute presentation on strangulation
  • Network with attendees


Our team will evaluate each application to bring a cross-section of professionals to participate in a learning exchange with other experts and trainers. Submitting an application does not guarantee acceptance to the training. We will notify attendees of their acceptance status on or before Sept. 21, 2020.
Important Information:
This course consists of 5 Days of training. To receive full credit for the course,
attendees must attend all sessions, complete mandatory assignments, and actively participate. Staff will verify before sending Certificates of Attendance.
This course will be held via the Zoom meetings platform so you will need to have a computer that can access and use this platform, as well as a working camera/microphone to participate.
The Institute has always preferred in-person training however we recognize the need to adapt and go virtual during the Coronavirus pandemic. Holding the October Advanced Course virtually offers the following benefits:
  • Convenience/comfort – Attendees won’t have to leave their homes or office space to attend!
  • No travel costs – You can attend the course from anywhere!
  • Ease of access to material – You will have a closer view and clearer access to the presentation and will hear all the speakers clearly. Attendees will have access to handouts referenced through our Dropbox (sent to attendees in advance)
  • More space – Due to the elimination of physical training space and lower travel costs, more people can attend the course than ever before!
Join our President, Casey Gwinn, JD, and CEO, Gael Strack, JD along with our faculty of national experts!

If you have any questions or need assistance with registration, please contact Emma Mattingly at


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