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Strangulation impacts all professionals working on sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking cases. Today, we know unequivocally that strangulation is one of the most lethal forms of domestic violence. Unconsciousness may occur within seconds and death within minutes. During this webinar, our hosts and panelists will discuss lessons learned, best practices, new research, and resources available for family violence and sexual assault professionals.

Who Should Attend: This webinar is based on our training focus areas: Lethality, History, Medical, Investigation, Prosecution, Advocacy, Implementation & Best Practices. It is designed for professionals who have attended one of our prior trainings. Our goal is to provide prior attendees an update and refresher of key points, but whether you are a prior attendee or this is your first training, there will be something for everyone!


Training Length:  90 minutes


Course Directors:

Gael Strack – Gael Strack is the Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Alliance for HOPE International. The Alliance oversees the National Family Justice Center, Training Institute on Strangulation Prevention, Camp HOPE America, VOICES and the Justice Legal Network. Gael is an internationally recognized expert in non-fatal strangulation cases and regularly trains on numerous topics. Gael is also an Adjunct Professor at California Western School of Law teaching a class on “Domestic Violence and the Law”.



Casey Gwinn – Casey Gwinn is the President and Co-Founder of the Alliance. He is the visionary behind the Family Justice Center Movement, first proposing the concept of the Family Justice Center model in 1989. Casey founded Camp HOPE America in 2003. He is a national expert on domestic violence dynamics, including investigation and prosecution, the handling of non-fatal strangulation cases, and is one of the leading thinkers in the country on the science of hope. Prior to this position, Casey was the elected San Diego City Attorney.



Dr. Bill Smock –  Dr. Smock is the Police Surgeon and directs the Clinical Forensic Medicine Program for the Louisville Metro Police Department. He graduated from Centre College in Danville, Kentucky in 1981 and obtained a Master’s degree in Anatomy from the University of Louisville in 1987. Bill graduated from the University of Louisville, School of Medicine in 1990 and completed a residency in emergency medicine in 1993. He is the Medical Director of the Training Institute on Strangulation Prevention




Diana Faugno – Diana Faugno graduated with a degree in Nursing from the University of North Dakota in 1973 and received her Master’s in Nursing from the University of Phoenix. She is a Founding Board Director of EVAW, board member of CAPSAC and a fellow in the American Academy of Forensic Science. She provides trainings to assist teams in development of staff on topics using curriculums and educational standards on various topics relating to sexual assault.


Daniel Rincon  Dan Rincon is a 28-year veteran of the Scottsdale Police Department and earned a Master’s in Criminal Justice Degree from Arizona State University. Dan holds the rank of Police Lieutenant and was the Domestic Violence Unit supervisor for over five years. He has served on the East Valley Domestic Violence Fatality Review Board, currently serves as a faculty member for the Training Institute and has been a commissioner since 2012 on the Governor’s Commission to Prevent Violence Against Women




Course Outline: 

Lesson 1: Introduction and Program Overview (18 minutes)

  1. Goals of the Training Institute on Strangulation Prevention
  2. Advisory Committees
  3. Strategic Directions for the Training Institute
  4. Emerging Themes in 2019

Lesson 2: New research, case law, and resources (11 minutes)

  1. Media Guide
  2. Strangulation Fact Sheets
  3. Webinars from 2019
  4. Favorite Case Law and News Stories

Lesson 3: Highlights & Emerging issues from 2019 (16 minutes)

  1. New Focus on Lethality
  2. New and Amended Laws
  3. Institute Research Findings

Lesson 4: Evolution of Our History and Understanding of Strangulation (21 minutes)

  1. Strangulation Myths
  2. Institute Reading List
  3. Power and Control
  4. Link to Other Crimes

Lesson 5: Q & A with Our CEO and President (25 minutes)

  1. Update on the CDAA Investigation and Prosecution Manual
  2. CTA Imaging Guidelines
  3. Questions for Testifying Experts