Conference set on prosecuting non-fatal strangulation cases

More than 150 law enforcement officers, first responders and community advocates are expected in attendance

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HADLEY, Mass. (AP) – More than 150 law enforcement officers, first responders and community advocates are expected to attend a conference on strangulation prevention and intervention.

The goal of the conference is to identify signs and symptoms of non-fatal strangulation in domestic violence victims. Advocates for domestic violence victims say strangulation is often used by abusers to control and threaten their partners.

Conference speakers will discuss best practices in investigating, prosecuting and documenting a case, as well as advocacy with survivors. Speakers will include Gael Strack and Casey Gwinn, co-founders of the Training Institute on Strangulation Prevention in San Diego. Both are nationally recognized speakers on non-fatal strangulation.

The one-day conference will be held Thursday at Hadley Farms Meeting House. The event is co-sponsored by Northwestern District Attorney David Sullivan.

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