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Advanced Course on Strangulation Prevention

February 11 - February 14

This course has been specially designed for professionals seeking to improve the investigation and prosecution of strangulation cases, including those who want to testify as an expert, or improve their ability to testify as an expert. This course will equip attendees with strategies to properly assess for non-fatal strangulation and advocate for the specific medical and safety needs of strangulation survivors. This course is also designed for trainers and communities seeking to implement new protocols, create system-wide changes, launch a strangulation response team, and learn about best practices.

The course covers an in-depth examination of:

  • The most current research on domestic violence and sexual assault strangulation crimes
  • Medical signs and symptoms of strangulation assaults
  • Long term consequences, delayed death and fatal strangulation
  • Investigative strategies, report writing and interviewing witnesses
  • Clinical documentation
  • Strategies for advocacy and working with traumatized victims
  • Development of local experts
  • Use of experts in court, including tips for testifying
  • Just added! Pediatric strangulation

Attendees will have the opportunity to:

  • View a crime scene and work in a multi-disciplinary team to investigate a strangulation case and prepare evidence for a mock trial
  • Apply trauma-informed investigation and advocacy techniques
  • Practice testifying and cross-examining an expert witness
  • Participate in a case review with faculty members
  • Develop strategies for implementing best practices

Practice giving a 5-minute presentation on strangulation

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