STRANGULATION Training for Fornesic Nurses








Identifying, Investigating, and Prosecuting
Domestic Violence STRANGULATION Cases

Sponsored by Hennepin Healthcare in Partnership with
Training Institute on Strangulation Prevention

June 1 – 4, 2021
Embassy Suites by Hilton
12 South 6th St, Minneapolis, MN 55402
For more information about this training contact:
Stephanie Dutenhafer -

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Strangulation has been identified as one of the most lethal forms of domestic violence and sexual assault:
unconsciousness may occur within seconds and death within minutes. When domestic violence perpetrators choke
(strangle) their victims, especially to the point of unconsciousness, it is not only a felony but it may be an attempted
homicide. Strangulation is an ultimate form of power and control that can have a devastating psychological effect on
victims. The inability to breathe is one of the most terrifying events a person can endure.

Casey Gwinn, Gael Strack and Dr. Bill Smock, leading experts in the field of non-fatal strangulation and
suffocation assaults in intimate partner violence cases, will collectively share their expertise and cover the following:
 Findings from a study of 300 misdemeanor strangulation cases
 Understanding the lethality of strangulation
 Link to other crimes, police shootings and mass murders
 Identifying the signs and symptoms of strangulation cases
 Anatomy and medical aspects in surviving and non-surviving victims
 Investigating and documenting a Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Strangulation cases
 Legal aspects of strangulation cases with surviving victims
 Developing and using experts in court
 Advocating for traumatized victims
 Resources and handouts developed by the Institute