BUILDING A CASE: Identification, Investigation & Medical Response

Hosted by:

Kelsey McKay, JD, President of RESPOND Against Violence and Former Prosecutor
Khara Breeden, DNP, MS, RN, SANE-A, SANE-P, AFN-BC
Jordan Ferguson, Spokane Police Department
Kimberly Orts, Detective
Traditional approaches often fail when applied to asphyxiation cases, resulting in missed opportunities, improper arrests of victims, and unsuccessful prosecutions. With a multi-disciplinary approach, these cases can be improved by incorporating best-practices and evidence-based tools for law enforcement, collaboration with the medical community, and updated trauma-informed practices and protocols.

Resources:

Crimes Against Women Podcasts:

Podcast on Crimes Against Women: Episode 3 "Why Strangulation Matters" Hosted by Kelsey McKay and Respond Against Violence
https://www.buzzsprout.com/961615

Podcast on Crimes Against Women: Episode 4 "Aquatic Abuse Homicide" Hosted by Andrea Zaferes
https://www.buzzsprout.com/961615

Cynthia Morton - Survivor
https://www.cynthiamorton.org/

Trauma Related:

Project Beloved - Soft Interview Rooms
www.projectbeloved.org

Trauma-informed care: What it is, and why it’s important
https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/trauma-informed-care-what-it-is-and-why-its-important-2018101613562

Medical Related:

Texas Forensic Nurse Examiners

https://www.txfne.com/

"Do You Need a Paramedic?" The Role of Emergency Medical Services in Non-Fatal Strangulation Cases
https://www.familyjusticecenter.org/resources/paramedics-chapter/

Initial Findings in Strangulation Injury Aren't Indicative of Outcome
https://www.jems.com/2015/12/22/initial-findings-in-strangulation-injury-aren-t-indicative-of-outcome/

Training Institute on Strangulation Prevention: Medical Radiographic Imaging Recommendations
https://www.strangulationtraininginstitute.com/medical-radiographic-imaging-recommendations/

Strangulation Injuries by J. Stephan Stapczynski, MD, FACEP, Emergency Medicine Reports (2010)
https://www.reliasmedia.com/articles/19950-strangulation-injuries

Improving the Emergency Medical Services System's Response to Domestic Violence by Karen Oehme, Nat Sterne, Elizabeth Donnelly, Rebecca Melvin (2016)
https://scholarlycommons.law.case.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?referer=&httpsredir=1&article=1590&context=healthmatrix

Strangulation Evidence Collection Kit
https://www.sirchie.com/domestic-violence-strangulation-evidence-collection-kit.html#.XuqfTi2z2a4

Dr. Smock's Top 25 Serious Medical Consequences Resulting from Strangulation and the Lateral Vascular Neck Restraint
https://www.familyjusticecenter.org/resources/top-25-consequences/

Development and Testing of the Danger Assessment for Law Enforcement
(See DA-LE Research Article PDF Attachment)

What's Next:

PART 3. HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER: HOMICIDES & STAGED SCENES

PART 4. CONVINCING THE COURTS

PART 5. LET'S TALK ABOUT SEX

Previous Series' Resources:

PART 1. WHO, WHAT, WHEN, WHERE, WHY:THE DYNAMICS OF ASPHYXIATION

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