Understanding, Investigating, Treating and Prosecuting Non-Fatal Strangulation - KIDS First + Lane County DVC
May 11, 2021 – 11:30am-2:30pm (10 minute breaks each hour)
Pending 2.5 hours CLE/ DPSST general credits
Sarah Sabri, Sr. AAG/ Domestic Violence Resource Prosecutor – Oregon DOJ
Nicole Broder, Oregon SANE/SAE Coordinator – Oregon Sexual Assault Task Force
May Pomegranate – SANE
Dr. Deanna St. Germain, DO – KIDS First
Research shows that victims of strangulation are 7 times (700%) more likely to become the victim of a homicide. In Oregon, the statewide conviction rate for filed strangulation cases is less than half. Why are these cases difficult to investigate and result in problematic or unsuccessful prosecutions? Why is strangulation not taken as seriously as it should be? What can we do to better understand the lethality of strangulation- not just the risks to the victim, but also to responding officers and to the community? What do we need to do to make sure that victims are getting proper medical care and treatment? This training will cover these questions and more.
This training will explain the dangers and risk of non-fatal strangulation. Attendees will learn about the medical-forensic information that is critical in approaches to investigation, including medical assessments focusing on signs and symptoms of strangulation that often overlooked in adult and pediatric cases. The training will discuss considerations for prosecution and the use of expert witnesses. The training will also include information about the Oregon Strangulation Forensic Evidence Kit (SKIT) that was developed by Clackamas County’s Strangulation Response Initiative. This kit supports those goals by improving medical care and interdisciplinary collaboration for non-lethal, non-sexual-assault-related strangulation.
Who Should Attend: Patrol officers, detectives, POs, medical first responders, advocates, prosecutors, medical professionals, victims’ attorneys, judges, DHS/ CPS workers, community members
Cost: Free. Registration is required