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This series is taking the place of the Strangulation Pre-Conference.

Please note the price difference. If you are switching to the Strangulation Series from the Pre-Conference, we will refund the price difference, or you can select to give up to two additional people from your agency access to the series and accreditation.


Strangulation Series: A Blueprint for Collaboratively Responding to Strangulation

Hosted by Kelsey McKay and RESPOND Against Violence

If you don’t know a crime exists what are the chances it will be identified, investigated or prosecuted? Join us for a five-part virtual training on all aspects of asphyxiation, including strangulation, suffocation and aquatic crimes, from how to recognize non-visible injuries, to understanding dynamics/motivations of those who strangle, to ensuring successful prosecutions of these highly lethal offenders. This multidisciplinary series goes beyond the basics--addressing fatal, non-fatal, and sexually-motivated asphyxiation crimes and will give attendees practical, collaborative tools to transform how their communities identify, investigate, and develop protocols to respond to dangerous crimes.

Building on the “Strangulation Foundations” webinar, this series challenges current beliefs, practices and policies--providing awareness to better identify, investigate and prosecute these heinous and potentially fatal crimes for everyone from first responders through prosecution.

The 2020 Strangulation Series offers up to 6.25 hours of MCLE accreditation!


Please note: All webinars will take place in Central Time (CT)

Keynote Conversation: Carvana Cloud, "Do You Hear Us Now? Elevating the Voice of Women of Color"
June 16, 12:00 PM CST
In light of recent events, awareness of racial disparities in the criminal justice system have been amplified. We join this conversation and bring you a very special keynote by Carvana Cloud, civil rights attorney and former senior prosecutor. We aim to broaden the conversation to include the disproportionate impact of violent crime on women of color.


Pt. 1: WHO, WHAT, WHEN, WHERE, WHY: The Dynamics of Asphyxiation
Kelsey McKay, Kelly Dunne, Scott Hampton, Julie Owens
Effective prevention, safety planning, and accountability all require that we understand why perpetrators strangle, the traumatic impact on victims, and the potential for lethality. The presenters will examine both sides of the coin by providing practical information for use by those tasked with handling these cases.
June 16, 12:00 PM-1:45 PM


Pt. 2: BUILDING A CASE: Identification, Investigation, & Medical Response
Kelsey McKay, Khara Breeden, Jordan Ferguson, Kimberly Orts
Traditional approaches often fail when applied to asphyxiation cases, resulting in missed opportunities, improper arrests of victims, and unsuccessful prosecutions. With a multi-disciplinary approach, these cases can be improved by incorporating best-practices and evidence-based tools for law enforcement, collaboration with the medical community, and updated trauma-informed practices and protocols.
June 18, 12:30 PM-1:45 PM


Pt. 3: HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER: Homicides, Staged Scenes, & Missed Opportunities
Kelsey McKay, Dawn Wilcox, Andrea Zaferes
Drowning, strangulation, and suffocation are leading causes of death across the lifespan. But without obvious signs of external trauma, homicides resulting from asphyxiation are often missed or mislabeled. Whether called a suicide, natural cause, or a tragic accident, intent can rarely be determined without a deeper investigation. This webinar introduces insight that the criminal justice system can use to catch a killer. 
June 23, 12:30 PM-1:45 PM


Pt. 4: CONVINCING THE COURTS: Bonds, Prosecutions, & Seeking Justice
Kelsey McKay, Khara Breeden, Michael Denton, Kelly Dunne
With laws formally codified in penal codes across the country, barriers still exist and greatly inhibit the effectiveness of these important laws. This webinar will include tips on charging, combatting common defenses, and effectively translating cases to a judge or jury. From setting bonds to picking juries and using experts, the presenters will provide practical tips to evaluate and strengthen your case and move them from probable cause to beyond a reasonable doubt.
June 25, 12:30 PM-1:45 PM


Pt. 5: LET’S TALK ABOUT SEX: The Sexual and Serial Component of Asphyxiation Crimes
Kelsey McKay, Allison Franklin, Scott Hampton, Myra Strand, Russell Strand, Andrea Zaferes
From date/marital rape to the most complex human trafficking or serial predator cases, this webinar will add a new lens to uncovering the role of asphyxiation in sexually motivated acts. By exploring the role that asphyxiation plays in the world of pornography, sadism, serial killers, and vulnerable populations, attendees will be prepared to take on the most dangerous offenders in our society.
June 30, 12:30 PM-1:45 PM


- Kelsey McKay, JD, President of RESPOND Against Violence and Former Prosecutor
- Khara Breeden, DNP,MS, RN, SANE-A, SANE-P, AFN-BC
- Carvana Cloud, JD, Policy Consultant & Former Prosecutor
- Hon. Michael Denton, Ret. Family Violence Court Judge
- Kelly Dunne, CEO of Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center/Domestic Violence High Risk Team Network
- Scott Hampton, PsyD, Offender Treatment Provider
- Sgt. Jordan Ferguson, Spokane Police Dept.
- Detective Kimberly Orts
- Julie Owens, Advocate and DV Survivor
- Russell Strand, Senior Special Agent (Retired) & Myra Strand, MA, CA, Strand Squared
- Dawn Wilcox, RN, BSN, 
Founder of Women Count USA & DV Survivor
- Andrea Zaferes, Aquatic Expert & Death Investigator

Other Contributors Include:
- Allison Franklin, Trafficking Survivor and Consultant
- David Scott, PhD, Researcher


Strangulation Series-Only: $100

Add-on to the full 2020 Web Series: $50.00

Also included in the series:
     - Live Q&A sessions
     - Access to interactive chat board
     - Accreditation and Certificate of Completion for each registered attendee