Strangulation in domestic violence situations is very common and the incidence is on the rise. Most victims are women who are attacked by a male member of their own household. Most victims are strangled repeatedly and there are multiple possible consequences including delayed death and eventual murder by the assailant. Domestic violence crimes cross all socioeconomic lines. Victims sometimes reveal the extent of the attacks if specifically asked by an informed therapist, medical provider, clergy, or other counselor. Timely advice from a counselor who has up to date information regarding these injuries can save lives and aid victims in making informed life choices.
Recognize the signs and symptoms of strangulation.
Understand the impact of Trauma Bonding on victims of domestic violence strangulation.
Identify successful intervention strategies for the victim and family.
Child Health Associate, Physician Assistant-Certified
Shasta Community Health Center 1992 – present
Pediatric Forensic Medical Examiner/Expert Witness since 1995
Strangulation training with Dr. Bill Smock, Police Surgeon for Louisville, Kentucky PD
Member of the Shasta County Strangulation Multi-disciplinary Team 2016
has served as a Peace Officer in California since 1988 and for the past 8 years, has investigated Domestic Violence, Stalking, and Strangulation cases for the Shasta County District Attorney’s Office. Michael is passionate about working with survivors of Intimate Partner Violence and coordinates his efforts with advocates and prosecutors to provide services to victims and ensure offender accountability. Michael testifies as an expert witness in the Superior Court of California on Domestic Violence, Power & Control, Cycle of Violence, Why Victims Stay, and Non-Fatal Strangulation cases. He presents training to law enforcement, first responders, advocates, prosecutors, medical staff, and crisis line volunteers in these areas. Michael is on the National Advisory Team and faculty for the Training Institute on Strangulation Prevention and serves on the Shasta County Strangulation Multidisciplinary Team.
Lunch is available ($8 donation is recommended)
For more information contact Redding CAMFT Program Coordinator, Scott La Fein, at email@example.com