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ONE-DAY WORKSHOP: Identifying, Investigating and Prosecuting Domestic Violence Strangulation Cases

Workshop presented in partnership with the Training Institute on Strangulation Prevention. For more information, contact Tina Nelson-Moss. Additional sponsor: NC State Department of Social Work

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, not only is this felonious assault, but it may be an attempted homicide. Strangulation is an ultimate form of power and control where the batterer can demonstrate control over the victim’s next breath; it may have devastating psychological effects or a potentially fatal outcome. Register for this one-day workshop from the Training Institute on Strangulation Prevention to learn about why we must identify, understand, investigate and advocate for victims.

Date: Tuesday, November 13, 2018 Registration: 8:00 a.m. Training: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Location: McKimmon Center for Extension and Continuing Education

This continuing educational program (E119-10172018) has been endorsed by NASW-NC for 7.5 social work contact hours.

“For many years, we didn’t realize what strangulation was. We would see it over and over in police reports. We would hear victims say over and over ‘choking, choking, choking,’ ‘he grabbed me,’ ‘he choked me.’ It didn’t mean anything to us, and we certainly didn’t understand how lethal it was. But, as we started to deal with it, put the medical experts on the stand and started hearing the actual accounting of what was going on, and then had research to back it up, we found out that choking wasn’t down here, choking was right here. A homicide was right here. And suddenly, choking is strangulation, and now we realize if you’re at strangulation, you’re at death. You’re right on the edge of murder.”

Casey Gwinn, President

Alliance for HOPE International & the Strangulation Training Institute on Strangulation Prevention


Casey Gwinn, leading specialized expert in the identification, investigation, and documentation of strangulation in intimate partner violence cases, will cover the following:

  • Findings from a study of 300 misdemeanor strangulation cases
  • Understanding the lethality of strangulation
  • 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 case for prosecution
  • Legal aspects of strangulation cases with surviving victims
  • Tools and Resources for Advocates
  • Resources and handouts developed by the Institute
  • Use of experts in court


In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, NC State will honor requests for reasonable accommodations made by individuals with disabilities. Requests can be served more effectively if notice is provided at least 10 days before the event. For more information, please contact The Women’s Center at 919.515.2012.


Space is limited to the first 100 registrants.

  • Regular Registration: $225.
  • Legal Professionals: $200 (use discount code LEGAL18)
  • State Agencies: $100 (use discount code STATE18)
  • University Affiliated: $65 (use discount code UNIV18)
  • Non-Profit: $55 (use discount code NONPROFIT18)
  • NC State University Affiliated: $55 (use discount code NCSTATE18)