Conferences and Events

16th Annual International Family Justice Conference: Click HERE for Conference Materials

Advanced Strangulation Course

October 18-21, 2016 at One Safe Place in Fort Worth, TX

Our four-day Advanced Strangulation Course will be held October 18-21 in Fort Worth, TX. Our distinguished faculty includes Casey Gwinn, JD, Gael Strack, JD, Dr. Bill Smock, Investigator Mike Wallace, and Jerry Fineman, JD.

Priority will be given those attending in multi-disciplinary teams from the same jurisdiction. Teams consisting of law enforcement, prosecution, medical professionals, advocates and/or court personnel are highly encouraged to apply.

Applicants will be considered based on:

  • Applying and attending as part of a multi-disciplinary team
  • Experience working with domestic violence and sexual assault victims
  • Prior training on strangulation crimes

**The course is limited to 55 participants.

About the course:

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 course will cover 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 of strangulation signs and symptoms
  • Strategies for advocacy and working with traumatized victims
  • Development of local experts
  • Use of experts in court, including tips for testifying

Attendees with 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 as an expert witness and practice cross-examining an expert witness
  • Bring cases from their community for review by faculty members
  • Develop strategies for implementing best practices in their own community
  • Practice giving a 5-minute presentation on strangulation

For more information please contact Patricia Bauer.

2016 CDAA National Elder & Dependent Adult Abuse Symposium

November 29- December 2, 2016 in Anaheim, CA
Alliance for HOPE International President, Casey Gwinn will be speaking at this year’s CDAA National Elder & Dependent Adult Abuse Symposium at Hyatt Regency Orange Country, Anaheim, CA. Tuition received (or postmarked) by September 1, 2016 will qualify for the early member registration rate of $299, and the early non-member registration rate of $349. Register online:
Early Bird Registration is open, please contact Erin J. Martinelli, Director of Training Project Development with questions or call (916) 443-2817.  

17th Annual International Family Justice Conference

April 4-6, 2017 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Registration Opening Soon, Save the Date!
The Alliance’s 17th Annual International Family Justice Conference welcomes law enforcement personnel, prosecutors, shelter staff, community-based victim advocates, civil attorneys, judges, therapists, policy makers, elected officials, board members, survivors, parole and probation officers, rape crisis workers, medical personnel, educators, and all others interested in the future of family violence intervention and prevention. The conference will include nationally and internationally recognized subject matter experts, advocates, and survivors.

To request training in your community, click here.

Corresponding Training Materials
Unless specifically linked on this page, please go to the Online Resource Library to access the materials, handouts, and continuing education credit information for upcoming training.