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Understanding the Rage and Lethality of Men Who Strangle

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 Casey Gwinn and Gael  Strack, the co-founders of the Training Institute on Strangulation Prevention, have been stating for nearly ten years that men who strangle women are the most dangerous men on the planet. This webinar will look deeper into this life and death truth. Today, felony strangulation laws have been passed in 48 states, 20 Tribal Codes, 2 U.S. Territories, the Federal Code and the Military Code.  As of this year, Idaho now permits an evaluation of stranglers as part of sentencing by an evaluator approved by the Domestic Assault and Battery Evaluator Advisory Board. (Rule 33.3, Idaho Code Section 18-918(7), recognizing that men who strangle are the most dangerous offenders. If a victim is  strangled even one time, studies show she is 750% more likely to be killed by her abuser. (Glass, 2008). Stranglers have been linked to domestic violence homicides, mass and school shootings and officers killed in the line of duty (Gwinn, Strack, 2014). Strangulation is also a gendered-crime. The vast majority of stranglers are men (Strack, Hawley, 2001). Strangulation communicates a clear intent/willingness to kill (Gwinn, Strack, 2014). Rendering a person unconscious is an inherently dangerous act that is  easily capable of causing death or brain injury with devastating lifelong consequences. The difference in the outcome, between unconsciousness, brain damage and death, is only a matter of seconds of ongoing pressure. In the final analysis, this is an act of cruel domination met by sheer horror and often accompanied by serious physical and psychological harm. (Lemmon, 2014). Given our current knowledge about stranglers, the criminal and civil justice systems have a duty to hold these offenders responsible for their extremely dangerous conduct which requires a better understanding of stranglers and what to do with them from bail through probation. In this webinar, the leading experts in the field will discuss for the first time, the connection between Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE), rage, and stranglers. They will discuss the need to develop new strategies in the treatment and supervision of men who strangle their intimate partners and the relationship of these strategies to the science of hope.


1. Increase understanding of why strangulation and suffocation offenses must be treated as serious felonies

2. Improve the court’s handling of non-fatal strangulation at every stage by recognizing that stranglers are different than other abusers

3. Increase awareness about the dangerousness of stranglers in order to promote victim safety

4. Increase understanding about the science of hope

Who should attend?

This webinar is recommended for any professional working with victims of strangulation and/or men who strangle.