What Civil Attorneys Need to Know About Strangulation Webinar Series

  • Presented by Gael Strack, Esq., Margaret Dudley, and Alexandria Ruden

Strangulation has been identified as one of the most lethal forms of domestic violence. Unconsciousness may occur within seconds, and death within minutes.

This four-part webinar series will introduce civil attorneys to the signs & symptoms of strangulation, trauma-informed interviewing techniques, short & long term consequences of strangulation, and more.  

The content of this program does not meet requirements for continuing legal education (CLE) accreditation. You will not receive CLE credit for attending

Part I: Because We Didn’t Know

  • July 23, 2020, 2:00-4:00 p.m. ET

It is critical for all attorneys who represent clients in domestic violence cases to understand strangulation and its impact on survivors.  Participants will gain understanding of how non-fatal strangulation is an important risk factor for homicide, the signs and symptoms of strangulation, and the federal and state laws that currently exist.  

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Part II: The Medical Piece

  • July 30, 2020, 2:00-4:00 p.m. ET

Strangulation as a form of abuse is commonly and mistakenly referred to as “choking.”  This webinar will address this misnomer and provide participants with an overview of the specific medical symptoms experienced by victims of strangulation, potential medical interventions for clients, and what types of funding may be available.  

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Part III: Building Your Case

  • August 6, 2020, 2:00-4:00 p.m. ET 

In addition to the immediate trauma experienced by victims of strangulation, victims may suffer memory loss and other long term adverse effects.  This webinar will provide participants with an overview of trauma-informed interviewing, questions to include when speaking with clients about strangulation, and techniques for building an effective case. 

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Part IV: Advocating for Your Client

  • August 27, 2020, 2:00-4:00 p.m. ET

It is important for attorneys to educate themselves, as well as other professionals in the field, about the seriousness and lethality of non-fatal strangulation.  In this webinar, participants will gain an overview of risk assessment tools and other resources that are available, as well as steps civil attorneys can take moving forward to advocate for and support victims of strangulation.  

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This project was supported by Grant No. 2018-TA-AX-K006 and 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 U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women.