About Us

Strangulation has been identified as one of the most lethal forms of domestic violence and sexual assault: unconsciousness may occur within seconds and death within minutes. When domestic violence perpetrators choke (strangle) their victims, not only is this felonious assault, but it may be an attempted homicide. Strangulation is an ultimate form of power and control where the batterer can demonstrate control over the victim’s next breath: it may have devastating psychological effects or a potentially fatal outcome.

The Training Institute on Strangulation Prevention (Institute), a program of Alliance for HOPE International, was launched in October 2011. The Institute was developed in response to the increasing demand for Intimate Partner Violence Strangulation Crimes training and technical assistance (consulting, planning and support services) from communities across the world.

The Institute provides training, technical assistance, web-based education programs, a directory of national trainers and experts, and a clearinghouse of all research related to domestic violence and sexual assault strangulation crimes.

The goals of the Institute are to: Enhance the knowledge and understanding of professionals working with victims of domestic violence and sexual assault who are strangled; Improve policy and practice among the legal, medical, and advocacy communities; Maximize capacity and expertise; Increase offender accountability; and ultimately enhance victim safety.

What We Do

The Training Institute on Strangulation Prevention (Institute) is a program of  Alliance for HOPE International.  The Institute was launched with support from the United States Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.  The Institute provides consulting, training, resources, and support services to professionals working in the fields of domestic violence and sexual assault.

The Institute provides the most current and up-to-date curriculum on strangulation crimes from a multi-disciplinary perspective.  Our trainings have been recognized throughout the country as the premier source for information related to strangulation and we have been featured for our work in dozens of articles and media outlets from the New York Times, USA Today, Cosmopolitan Magazine, the Domestic Violence Report and more!

Attendees of our trainings learn how to: identify the signs and symptoms of non-fatal strangulation cases; understand and recognize the anatomy and medical aspects of surviving and non-surviving victims; investigate and document cases for prosecution; prosecute cases, including using experts in court; and, most importantly, enhance victim safety through trauma-informed advocacy services.  Our courses are flexible and can be structured to meet the needs of each individual jurisdiction

Outcomes from past training sessions reflect an increased awareness in cases involving strangulation; improved documentation and investigation of strangulation cases; increased prosecution of strangulation cases; and increased offender accountability and victim safety.
The Institute trains over 8,000 professionals per year on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Strangulation Crimes learn more by clicking here…