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SART Summit 2021: Strangulation – A Multidisciplinary Team Case Review from Scene to Courtroom

A patient complaint that presented in a way similar to many other cases of domestic violence resulted in an outcome that ultimately was life-changing for victims. In this presentation, we will explore what victims face at the hand of their abusers on a regular basis. After a report of a domestic dispute, police, and emergency medical responders arrived at the home of a distraught woman who reported that she had been the victim of multiple strangulations. She had no visible injuries, which left responders questioning: “Could this be true?” After a brief investigation, detectives realized that the entire 24-hour nightmare this woman experienced was captured on video. This video changed the way police officers, health care professionals, advocates, prosecutors, and judges view reports of domestic violence. While we have all read and heard many statements about strangulation, seeing it unfold is chilling. The video highlights just how easily someone can strangle their partner to the point of unconsciousness and yet, not leave a mark – or any evidence of the assault. This presentation will not only give the learner a direct window into a domestic assault but will also explore the impact the actions of first responders can have on a victim.

WARNING: This program contains graphic images and language.

We will not be recording this activity due to the sensitive and personal nature of its content.

This educational offering is a joint effort between Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, the State of New Hampshire Attorney General’s Sexual Assault Resource Team (SART) Program, and the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence (NHCADSV) Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Program.

Activity Details
Start Date: December 1, 2021
End Date: December 1, 2021
Time: 8:45 am – 1:00 pm (Log on: 8:35 – 8:45 am)
Location: Virtual - Webex
Download: Event Flyer

Registration for this event has closed. There is still space available. If you would like to attend, you may register as a walk-in the day of the conference. For walk-in registration questions, please e-mail Amanda.E.Sanchez@hitchcock.org.

Registration is online only. There is no registration fee but advance registration is required for planning purposes. 

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Advance registration is required for planning purposes. Please make every effort to register five (5) business days in advance of the learning activity. We will not accept walk-in or late registrants on the day of the learning activity.

If you need to cancel your registration, please call (603) 653-1234 or email clpd.support@hitchcock.org. Cancellations should be made five (5) business days in advance of the learning activity.  

Attention Dartmouth-Hitchcock employees: By signing up to attend this training, you are agreeing to attend and D-H is allocating resources for your attendance and participation. If you are not able to attend, as soon as possible you must provide the appropriate notification, ideally more than 24 hour notice in advance (unless your supervisor verifies in writing (email) that emergent circumstances prevented your attendance). If you do not attend the training and fail to provide appropriate notice, you may receive corrective action from your supervisor.

Speakers & Topics
8:35 am - 8:45 am Webinar Log on
8:45 am - 9:00 am Welcome and Introduction
~ Kathy Kimball, BS
~ Janet Carroll, RN, CEN, SANE-A, SANE-P
~ Deb Hastings, PhD, RN, NPD-BC
9:00 am - 10:15 am Medical Review of Non-Fatal Strangulation
~ Jen Pierce-Weeks, BSN, RN, SANE-A, SANE-P
10:15 am - 10:30 am Break
10:30 am - 11:45 am Part One – Strangulation: An MDT Case Study from Scene to Courtroom
~ Megan Ryan, JD
~ Kate Winter
11:45 am - 12:45 pm Part Two – Strangulation: An MDT Case Study from Scene to Courtroom
~ Megan Ryan, JD
~ Kate Winter
12:45 pm - 1:00 pm Question and Answer Session
Target Audience

Physicians, Nurses, Advocates, Attorneys, Judicial Professionals, Law Enforcement Professionals, Mental Health Professionals, Prosecutors, Security Officers.

Learning Outcome(s)

At the conclusion of this learning activity (at least 75% of), participants will be able to describe the trajectory of strangulation as a form of domestic violence from injury through prosecution.


Dartmouth-Hitchcock is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Dartmouth-Hitchcock designates this live activity for a maximum of 3.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Nursing Continuing Education Council is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

This educational activity carries 3.75 contact hours.

Prosecutors may receive training credit through the self-reporting process with the NH Bar Association.

Law enforcement may receive a certificate for training hours upon completion of the evaluation from the Attorney General’s Office through the NH SART Program.

Receiving Credit

The follow steps must be completed in order to receive credit for this event:

  • Register for the event online
  • Attend the event or session(s). A credit tracking sheet will be provided.
  • Complete the online evaluation - Must be submitted within 30 days after the activity

    Accessing the Online Evaluation (The evaluation is available the day after the event)

  • Log onto https://ce.dartmouth-hitchcock.org/login.aspx
  • Click on the My Activities link in the left side menu. Then click on the name of the activity you attended.
  • Click on the Resume button.
  • Click the Continue button until the Evaluation tab is active, and then click the Launch button.
  • Fill out the evaluation and then click submit. Credits will then be applied to your transcript. You can view your updated transcript by clicking on the "View Transcript" button.

View the Completing an Evaluation and Claiming Credit tutorial.

For questions or technical support, please email clpd.support@hitchcock.org or call (603) 653-1234.

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