Directly following the 3-Day Advanced Course, the Training Institute on Strangulation Prevention is excited to offer a 1-Day Expert Testimony Course in Fort Worth, TX!

For the very first time, the Training Institute and the Academy of Forensic Nursing are offering this unique opportunity to learn from the leading experts and practitioners in the field of non-fatal strangulation. This course is for prosecutors and professionals wanting to testify and/or improve their ability to testify in court about non-fatal strangulation – from the first response to sentencing, from dynamics to the medical aspects, from “tiny little red spots” to “petechiae,” from preparation to conviction, and much more! It will be a full day of information, interaction, practice, discussion, learning and networking. Attendees and faculty will leave exhausted and energized all at the same time.

This course consists of 1 full day of training from 8:00AM-5:00PM. To receive full credit, you must attend the entire course.

Prosecuting domestic violence and sexual assault cases are some of the most difficult cases to prove. Strangulation cases, especially with the lack of visible injury, are even more challenging. Because most strangulation victims do not have visible external injuries, non-fatal strangulation cases are frequently minimized and misunderstood by all professionals. Seeing is believing. Jurors may expect to see visible external injuries to believe a victim was strangled or suffocated. It is important to develop and utilize medical experts in the prosecution of non-fatal strangulation cases in order to explain the lack of injuries, the subtle signs and symptoms of strangulation, the vulnerability of the neck, loss of consciousness, delayed consequences and life -threatening injuries.

• Describe how prosecutors can recruit and qualify local experts to testify in court
• Describe how prosecutors can win their first 402 Hearing and ensure experts can testify
• Prepare professionals to testify in court for the first time
• Improve your ability to testify in court and overcome difficult questions
• Explain the lack of visible injuries, how trauma impacts the brain and why victims recant

• An update on current medical and legal issues related to non-fatal strangulation
• The scope of testimony for all experts – law enforcement, medical (paramedics, nurses and physicians) and advocates.
• Typical defenses in court and how to overcome them through experts
• Use of demonstrative evidence
• Class demonstration – Mock Testimony from various professionals
• Interactive exercises and practice opportunities for both direct and cross examination
• The "secret" for winning your 402 Hearing
• Affinity Breakouts and Learning Exchanges
• Lessons Learned from Various Experts
• Review of actual transcripts and case scenarios – bring your own!
• Review of sample direct and cross examination questions
• Question and answer session with top experts in the field


Applications ​for ​the ​Expert Testimony Course ​must ​be ​completed ​by July 30, 2019. ​We ​will ​respond ​to ​accepted attendees as applications are received. ​Approved ​attendees ​must ​confirm ​attendance ​by ​August 6, 2019. ​After ​this ​date, ​any ​unconfirmed ​seats ​will ​be ​made ​available ​to ​attendees ​on ​the ​waiting ​list.

Reserve your spot today!


  • When

  • Friday, August 16, 2019
    8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Pacific Time

  • Where

  • One Safe Place, Ft. Worth
    1100 Hemphill St.
    Ft Worth, Texas 76104

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