The Training Institute on Strangulation Prevention is excited to offer a 4-day Advanced Strangulation Course on Strangulation Prevention as well as a 1-Day Forensic Evaluation of Gunshot Wound Course in San Diego, CA!

If you choose to attend both the 4-Day Advanced Course AND the 1 Day Forensic Evaluation of Gunshot Wounds Course you will need to first select either the 4-Day Advanced Course Individual or Group Registration Type then add the 1-Day Forensic Evaluation of Gunshot Wounds Course as a session. If you do not add it as a session you will NOT be Registered for the 1-Day Forensic Evaluation of Gunshot Wounds Course.

If you choose to just attend the 4-Day Advanced Course simply select the Group or Individual Registration Type.

If you choose to attend just the 1-Day Forensic Evaluation of Gunshot Wounds Course simply select that as your registration type.

Strangulation has been identified as one of the most lethal forms of domestic violence and sexual assault. The Training Institute on Strangulation Prevention's Advanced Course covers an in-depth examination of handling strangulation assaults by multidisciplinary professionals.

The 4-Day Advanced Course will cover an 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
• Submit a pending strangulation case for review by faculty and experts
• Develop strategies for implementing best practices in local communities
• Practice giving a 5-minute presentation on strangulation


Preference will be given to professionals attending as part of a multi-disciplinary team. All members of a team must submit an application in order to be considered. A typical multi-disciplinary team includes a minimum of four members from any of the following disciplines: law enforcement, medical (paramedic, nurse and/or physician), prosecutor, civil attorney, advocate (community and government), Family Justice Center Directors, Executive Director of DV or SA Coalition, Probation or Court Personnel, and/or Policy Makers.

The course will be conducted over four full days of 8:00 am - 5:00 pm and the fourth day will be completed at 12:30 pm.
*To get full credit for the course, attendees must complete the entire course.

Applications for the Training Institute on Strangulation Prevention's Advanced Course must be completed by September 27th. Submitting an application does not guarantee you a spot at the training. We will respond to accepted attendees on September 27th. If you do not hear back from us by that date, your application will automatically be added to our waiting list. Approved attendees must confirm attendance by October 18th. After this date, any unconfirmed seats will be made available to attendees on the waiting list. We will respond to those waitlisted as soon as possible.


This will take place the Monday prior to the Advanced Course, October 28, 2019, and will be from 8:00am-5: 00 pm. The Institute and William Smock, MD, Police Surgeon for the Louisville Metro Police Department will present a day-long seminar on the clinical forensic evaluation of gunshot wounds and the investigation of gun-related incidents. The seminar will cover both domestic and officer-involved shootings. The program is specifically designed for law enforcement officers, prosecutors, emergency and trauma physicians and forensic nurse examiners. With more than 30 years of experience in the forensic evaluation of gunshot wounds, Dr. Smock is an internationally recognized expert in clinical forensic medicine and is one of the country’s foremost medical and law enforcement educators. This one-of-a-kind training includes hundreds of gunshot wounds and scene photographs and will provide you with the tools to improve your investigation of gun-related incidents. Dr. Smock’s knowledge and experience will ensure your conclusions and findings are based upon the most up-to-date medical and forensic science.


  • When

  • Monday, October 28, 2019 - Thursday, October 31, 2019
    8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Pacific Time

  • Where

  • The Westgate Hotel
    1055 Second Avenue
    San Diego, California 92101

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