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Strangulation and Domestic Violence

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December 12, 2014
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Date: Friday, December 12, 2014
Time: 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM (Central Time)

Presenters: William Spafford Smock, MD, MS, FACEP, FAAEM is Police Surgeon of the Louisville Metropolitan Police Department, an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Louisville School of Medicine, the Research Assistant Professor of Military/Emergency Medicine, and the Medical Director of the Sexual Assault Nursing Program, Kelsey McKay, JD is a prosecutor in Travis County, Texas for ten years. Over the last four years she has exclusively prosecuted strangulation related crimes, and The Honorable Michael Denton has served as a Judge in Austin, Texas since 1999.

Description: Faculty will discuss the findings of medical research from Louisville, KY on strangulation in the context of domestic violence.  Faculty will consider “best practices” in DV strangulation cases for law enforcement, expert witnesses, prosecutors and judges.


  • BWJP & National Center for Prosecution of Child Abuse. (2014). “Strangulation Laws – State Analysis.”
  • McKay, K. (Spring, 2014). A Voice From the Field.” IDVSA Voice, Volume 9, Issue 1.
  • The TX Prosecutor. (January – February 2014). “A closer look at strangulation cases.” TX District & County Attorneys Association. Journal, Volume 44, Number 1.
  • Shields, L., Corey, T., Weakley-Jones, B. & Stewart, D. (December 2010). “Living Victims of Strangulation – A 10-Year Review of Cases in a Metropolitan Community.” Am J Forensic Med Pathol,,  Volume 31, Number 4.

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