Advanced Strangulation Training
presented by Clackamas County Response Initiative
Al Kader Shrine Center
25100 SW Parkway Ave
Wilsonville, OR 97070
Gael Strack, Esq., CEO, Alliance of HOPE International
Gael Strack is CEO of Alliance for HOPE International and oversees the Alliance’s Training Institute on Strangulation Prevention. She is a former prosecutor and the founding Director of the San Diego Family Justice Center. She spearheaded much of the initial work and research on strangulation crimes from a prosecutor’s perspective.
Casey Gwinn, Esq., President, Alliance of HOPE International
Casey Gwinn, Esq., is the President of Alliance for HOPE International and oversees the Alliance’s Camp HOPE Initiative. He is the former elected City Attorney of San Diego and founder of the nationally recognized Child Abuse and Domestic Violence Unit of the City Attorney’s Office in 1988 and the San Diego Family Justice Center in 2002
Dr. Bill Smock, MD, MS, FACEP, FAAEM, Louisville Metro Police Dept.
Dr. Smock directs the Clinical Forensic Medicine Program for the Louisville Metro Police Department and is also is the Police Surgeon for Louisville, Jeffersontown and St. Matthews, Kentucky police departments. He graduated from Centre College in Danville, Kentucky in 1981 and obtained a Master’s degree in Anatomy from the University of Louisville in 1987. Bill graduated from the University of Louisville, School of Medicine in 1990 and completed a residency in emergency medicine at the University of Louisville in 1993. In 1994, he became the first physician in the United States to complete a post-graduate fellowship in Clinical Forensic Medicine. Dr. Smock was an Assistant Medical Examiner with the Kentucky Medical Examiner’s Office from 1991 to 1997. Dr. Smock joined the faculty at University of Louisville’s Department of Emergency Medicine in 1994 and was promoted to the rank of full professor in 2005. Dr. Smock is currently a Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Louisville, School of Medicine.
Dr. Smock has edited three textbooks on clinical forensic medicine and published more than 30 chapters and articles on forensic and emergency medicine. He is an internationally recognized forensic expert and trains nurses, physicians, law enforcement officers and attorneys in multiple fields including: officer-involved shootings, strangulation, gunshot wounds, injury mechanisms and motor vehicle trauma. He also serves as a sworn tactical physician and detective for the Floyd County Indiana Sheriff’s Department.
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. 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.
The Training Institute on Strangulation Prevention provides the most current and up-to-date curriculum on strangulation crimes from a multi-disciplinary perspective and these trainings have been recognized throughout the country as the premier source for information related to strangulation.
The focus of this training will be on how domestic violence and sexual assault professionals can SAVE LIVES and IMPROVE their response to strangulation crimes, the most lethal and serious cases in the context of domestic violence and sexual assault. Attendees of this training will learn how to: identify the signs and symptoms of non-fatal strangulation cases; understand and recognize the anatomy and medical aspects of surviving and non-surviving victims; investigate and document cases for prosecution; prosecute cases, including using experts in court; and, most importantly, enhance victim safety through trauma-informed advocacy services.
Please see Training Institute on Strangulation Prevention for more information on the Institute.
There is no hotel room block, but the following are located near the training facility:
25425 SW 95th Ave.
8815 SW Sunplace
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