Conferences and Events

8th Annual Alliance for HOPE Leadership Summit

September 26 – 28, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana

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The rapidly developing movement toward multi-agency collaboration, co-located services, mergers of agencies, shared office space models, and Family Justice Centers is getting the attention of non-profit agency leaders and funders across the country.  There are currently more than 130 Family Justice Centers and other types of Multi-Agency Centers in the U.S. and hundreds of other agencies working to develop partnerships and models of co-located services.  Internationally, the movement now has strong momentum including the European Family Justice Center Alliance with initiatives in more than 20 countries. Beyond Europe, there are developing and operating Family Justice Centers or similar cross-sector collaborative Centers in another 15 countries. It is happening.  It is time. Family Justice Centers are co-locating with Child Advocacy Centers.  Non-profits are merging with other non-profits to create more comprehensive responses to trauma-exposed children and adults.

What is the next step for your agency?  How can you continue to shift the dial in your community?

Whether you are just starting down the road toward greater collective impact, or have been part of this movement since its beginning, our Annual Leadership Summit is a chance for you to learn from and be inspired by others in the movement.

This year’s theme is: Dream Big, Start Small, Move Fast. Our topics will include:

  • Promising and best practices in collaborative service models
  • Leadership strategies in Multi-Agency Centers
  • Expanding our framework to address lifetime victimization
  • Developing health and clinical forensic services in Centers
  • Advocating for legislation and policy in your State
  • Incorporating survivor voices into your Center at all levels
  • Strategic Thinking: creating our 5-year vision for the FJC and Collective Impact Movement

Our three-day Summit is specifically targeting:

  • Community-Based Agencies who are interested in increasing their collective impact through co-located services
  • Leadership staff at open and developing Family Justice Centers, Multi-Agency Model Centers
  • Board Members, Policy Makers, Elected Officials and Funders

  For more information, email

The Last Warning Shot: Addressing Non-Fatal Strangulation in Your Community

September 29, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana

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Strangulation has been identified as one of the most lethal forms of domestic violence and sexual assault – the last warning shot. During this training, Casey Gwinn, JD and Gael Strack, JD will discuss the best of the best from the Training Institute on Strangulation Prevention: new case law, lessons learned, best practices, and resources available for domestic violence, child abuse, sexual assault, and elder abuse professionals in the handling of non- and near-fatal strangulation cases.

The training will cover:
-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
-New strategies in clinical documentation of strangulation signs and symptoms
-Understanding the impact of trauma on survivors
-Development of local experts
-Use of experts in court, including tips for testifying
-Best practices in advocacy for survivors of non-fatal strangulation

For more information, email

Advanced Strangulation Course – October 24-27, 2017

One Safe Place, Fort Worth, TX

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

Our Faculty Includes National Experts in the Field:

Casey Gwinn, JD, Gael Strack, JD, Dr. Bill Smock, The Honorable Michael Denton, Det. Michael Agnew (ret), Kelsey McKay, JD. Michael Burke and James Henderson.

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

Those who wish to attend must apply no later than September 30, 2017

There is no registration fee for OVW Grantees. More information for OVW Grantees is available HERE.

For more information please contact the Training Institute on Strangulation Prevention


This project is supported all or in part by Grant No. 2016-TA-AX-K067 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication/program/exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.

18th Annual International Family Justice Conference

April 24-26, 2018 in Fort Worth, Texas – Worthingon Renaissance Hotel

19th Annual International Family Justice Conference

March 19-21, 2019 in San Diego, California – Paradise Point Resort

To request training in your community, click here.

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