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Strangulation Investigation, Documentation & Testimony

Strangulation Investigation, Documentation & Testimony
This exciting new seminar has been created for District Attorney Investigators to address the statewide need for qualified strangulation experts. Attendees will receive enough training at this one-day program to feel confident about testifying in court as non-medical experts on strangulation.

Studies have shown that non-lethal strangulation makes homicide by an intimate partner seven times more likely and is considered a predictor of future homicide. Experts state that in 50% of non-lethal strangulation cases, there are no visible signs of injury that a person has been strangled but there are often documentable symptoms of internal injury. Consequently, it can be vital to have expert testimony as part of a prosecutor’s case so juries can understand the high lethality potential of strangulation and the seriousness of strangulation despite a lack of visible injury to the surviving victim. 

At this seminar, DA Investigator attendees will learn from a national expert on strangulation about the mechanism of injury in strangulation, how evidence is collected, and how medical findings are interpreted. They will hear about best practices for the investigation and documentation of strangulation cases from a DA investigator who is a court-certified expert in strangulation cases. They will learn from prosecutors who are well-versed in handling these cases and conducting direct and cross examinations of experts.  Additionally, because having the technical information is not enough, attendees will learn from a nationally-renowned trainer how to present clear and persuasive direct testimony, survive cross examination, communicate effectively with judges and jurors, and avoid the mistakes of past experts. This training will culminate in a hands-on student practicum.

Date & Location

June 8, 2017
Sir Francis Drake Hotel, San Francisco


Mechanism of Injury in Strangulation Cases • The Investigation & Documentation of Strangulation Cases • The Prosecutor’s Case • Advanced Courtroom Communication • Student Practicum: The Expert Witness Experience

P.O.S.T. Credit

This seminar is P.O.S.T.-certified for 7 hours (Plan N/A). The Course Control Number is 9720-28004-16-002. This seminar will not be certified for MCLE credit.


The seminar will be held at the Kimpton Sir Francis Drake Hotel at 450 Powell Street in the Union Square area of San Francisco. We have a block of rooms for seminar registrants who need a room the night before the program. To reserve a room at the special CDAA rate of $199 + tax, you must contact the hotel by May 17. Click HERE to make your reservation online. If booking by phone, call 1-800-227-5480 (choose Option #3—Group Sales). During business hours, request Reservations at Ext. 371. You may also call Center Reservations number at 1-800 KIMPTON. You must identify yourself as part of the DAI Stranguation Seminar - California District Attorneys Association group. For more information on and directions to the Sir Francis Drake, go to www.sirfrancisdrake.com.

Parking & Shuttle

For shuttle service from the San Francisco International Airport, there are several options. Click HERE for a few. Parking at the Sir Francis Drake is $59 + tax (or $64 + tax for oversized vehicles). For other parking options, you may visit http://sanfrancisco.bestparking.com.


There is no tuition for this seminar. The seminar is limited to California District Attorney Investigators and has a cap of 30 attendees. We are limiting registration to one investigator per county. However, if the seminar is not full on May 1, 2017, we will allow for more than one registration per county (on a first-come-first-served basis). 


Every attendee will be eligible to receive a travel scholarship. Please note: To receive a scholarship one must: (1) be registered for this seminar; (2) submit a completed scholarship request form (click HERE) no later than June 1, 2017; and (3) submit a completed Scholarship Expense Form (click HERE) within 7 days after the seminar. 


Click HERE for the tentative agenda.

CDAA Contact

Suzanne Hunter, Director of Grant Training, shunter@cdaa.org
Sir Francis Drake Hotel 450 Powell Street San Francisco, CA 94102

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