Committed to bringing the topic of strangulation to the forefront of education and awareness in our community, Founder, Paula Walters strengthened her knowledge on the topic through the Alliance for HOPE International and the Training Institute on Strangulation Prevention, the Nation’s leading expert on the topic.  She followed this up by sending others, such as Sergeant Detective Todd Curtis to attend this advance training as well.  It wasn’t long before other seasoned law enforcement officers, forensic nurse examiners, social workers, and even attorneys and court personnel decided to join our cause.  Together we have taken our combined years of training, expertise, and experiences to create amazing education and awareness opportunities in Northwest Ohio.

We offer Domestic Violence training and awareness to:

First Responders (EMS, Fire, Law Enforcement)


Places of Worship



Our training is not limited to the above list – We can tailor our training topic and time to meet your organizational needs.  

Here are some quotes from the administrative staff of the Alliance for HOPE International and Training Institute on Strangulation Prevention:

  • The most dangerous domestic violence offenders strangle their victims. The most violent rapists strangle their victims. We used to think all abusers were equal. They are not. Our research has now made clear that when a man puts his hands around a woman, he has just raised his hand and said, “I’m a killer.” They are more likely to kill police officers, to kill children, and to later kill their partners. So, when you hear “He choked me”, now we know you are the edge of a homicide.” – Casey Gwinn, Esq., President of Alliance for HOPE International and Co-Director of Training Institute on Strangulation Prevention
  • “Our study proved it – most victims of strangulation will not have visible external injuries. The lack of visible injuries and the lack of training caused the criminal justice system to minimize strangulation. We failed victims. But now we know – strangulation has serious, immediate and long-term health consequences. We are forever grateful to Dr. Dean Hawley for educating us about the significance of the signs and symptoms of internal injuries. One of the first things he taught me, that I will never forget, is the best way to document a strangulation case is an autopsy. Now, his work as a pathologist is saving lives.” – Gael Strack, Esq


Law Enforcement:

Fire Fighters/Emergency Medical Technicians:

Nurses, Doctors, Nursing Assistants, Med Techs, & Medical Staff:

Workplace Violence: