Sacred Hoop Tribal Domestic Violence Coalition Events


The Sacred Hoop Tribal Coalition

in partnership with the

 Training Institute on Strangulation Prevention

presents the

 Two-Day Training – Identifying, Investigating, and Prosecuting

Domestic Violence Strangulation Cases

 August 8-9, 2017
8:00 a.m. – Registration
8:30 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. – Training

Location: Dr. Powless Cultural Center (Formerly Trepanier Hall) – 212 W. 2nd St. Duluth, MN


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, not only is this felonious assault, but it may be an attempted homicide. Strangulation is an ultimate form of power and control where the batterer can demonstrate control over the victim’s next breath; it may have devastating psychological effects or a potentially fatal outcome.

Course Description:

Specialized experts in the identification, investigation, and documentation of strangulation in intimate partner violence cases, Gael Strack, J.D. will cover the following:

  • Findings from a study of 300 misdemeanor strangulation cases
  • Understanding the lethality of strangulation
  • 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 case for prosecution
  • Legal aspects of strangulation cases with surviving victims
  • Tools and Resources for Advocates
  • Resources and handouts developed by the Institute
  • Use of experts in court
REGISTER BY August 1st, 2017

To register for this training or for more information please email Randi Omdahl.


  • Tribal Administration Personnel
  • Judges
  • Local & Tribal Law Enforcement Officers
  • Prosecutors
  • Paramedics, EMTs, SANE
  • Advocates
  • Civil Legal Attorneys
  • Medical Providers
  • Psychologists, MFTs, LCSWs
  • MDTs
  • Social Workers
  • Tribal Program Staff


This training session has been approved for and will provide MCLE (Attorneys) credits for applicable sessions. Attorneys outside of California wishing to obtain credit must file for credit individually. All information necessary to apply for credits (outside of CA) will be provided on-site.

Documents necessary to receive credit will be provided after completion of the training.






The Sacred Hoop Coalition is supported by Grant No. 2016-IW-AX-0014 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Dept of Justice. Points of view in this document are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.


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