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Upcoming Training

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Identifying, Investigating & Prosecuting Domestic Violence Strangulation Cases

October 3-4, 2019 | 9:00a-5:00P

Strangulation has been identified as one of the most lethal forms of domestic violence and sexual assault: unconsciousness may occur within seconds and death within minutes. When domestic violence perpetrators choke (strangle) their victims, especially to the point of unconsciousness, it is not only a felony but it may be an attempted homicide. Strangulation is an ultimate form of power and control that can have a devastating psychological effect on victims. The inability to breathe is one of the most terrifying events a person can endure.

Course Description:

  • Findings from a study of 300 misdemeanor strangulation cases

  • Understanding the lethality of strangulation  Link to other crimes, police shootings and mass murders

  • Identifying the signs and symptoms of strangulation cases

  • Anatomy and medical aspects in surviving and non-surviving victims

  • Investigating and documenting a Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Strangulation cases

  • Legal aspects of strangulation cases with surviving victims

  • Developing and using experts in court

  • Advocating for traumatized victims

  • Resources and handouts developed by the Institute

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Responsive Services for Immigrants Amidst Hostile Politics

June 27th, 2019 | 9:00a-12:00P

See description on flyer.

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Training by Request

Do you need training for your staff or organization? We offer all of the training below and more. Please contact Eva Lessinger at for more information or to schedule a training for your organization.



  • Safe Dates

  • Care-ageous Kids

  • Consent Workshop

  • Bystander Intervention

General training

  • Sexual Assault 101 + Responding to Disclosures

  • Domestic Violence 101

  • Non-fatal Strangulation: Risks + Response:

  • Safety Planning for SA + DV

  • Working with Trauma Survivors

For healthcare professionals:

  • Forensic Examinations

  • Non-Fatal Strangulation

  • Documentation of SA & DV

  • Community Resources