HADLEY, Mass. (WWLP) – Nearly 200 law enforcement officials and first responders gathered in Hadley to learn about non-deadly strangulation.
The Hadley Meeting House along Route 9 was full of law enforcement officials and first responders. This one-day conference was organized by the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office. There were expert guest speakers, a PowerPoint presentation, and informational paperwork.
People learned that men who strangle women as part of either sexual assault or domestic violence are 75% more likely to kill.
Casey Gwynn, the President of the Alliance for HOPE International told 22News non-fatal strangulation is becoming more common. People need to learn how to identify it, and prosecute.
Casey Gwinn, President, Alliance for HOPE International said, “I think this training is really exciting. We’ve got a lot of people here from all over Massachusetts who are focusing on this. This is homicide prevention. If you want to stop the next generation of murders in this community, you have got to stop men who are strangling women.”
Gwinn used the example of former Patriots linebacker Junior Seau was violent toward women and shot himself in the heart so that his brain could be analyzed by scientists, who determined he had CTE, a severe brain injury that Gwinn says is connected.