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Non-Lethal Strangulation Symposium: A National Conversation

February 21 - February 22

$410 – $512.50
Red Rose Foundation 2 Day Non-Lethal Strangulation Symposium

Join a groundbreaking national conversation on Non-Lethal Strangulation. This event will be an Australian first, shining a light on this critical issue.

The Symposium is hosted by Red Rose Foundation in partnership with the Queensland Centre for Domestic & Family Violence Research, Gold Coast Centre Against Sexual Violence, Work Up Queensland, The Bangle Foundation and the Tara Brown Foundation.

Presenters and Panelists include (additional will be released shortly):

Gael Strack, Esq. (USA) Gael is the Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Alliance for HOPE International.   Programs of the Alliance include National Family Justice Centre Alliance, Training Institute on Strangulation Prevention, Camp HOPE America, Justice Legal Network and VOICES Survivor Network.  Gael is a former board member of the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence, former President of the San Diego Domestic Violence Council and former Commissioner of the ABA’s Commission on Domestic Violence.  Gael has also co-authored a series of strangulation articles and five books with Casey Gwinn, JD, on the Family Justice Centre Movement

The Honorable Judge Eugene M Hyman (retired)

Magistrate Linda Bradford-Morgan

Professor Heather Douglas

Dr Leah Sharman

Dr Heather Lovatt

Dr Michelle Fitts

Dr Brian Sullivan

Yasmin Johnson

Date: Wednesday 21 February 2024 and Thursday 22 February 2024

Location: Royal on the Park Hotel, Brisbane

Time: 8.30am – 5.00pm

Ticket includes:

  • Registration (2 days) and morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea both days
  • Early Bird Pricing until 31 January 2024
  • Limited Tickets Available

About Non-Lethal Strangulation:

Women who have been strangled as part of the abusive pattern of behaviour perpetrated against them, are deemed to be 800%, more likely to be a victim of domestic homicide whether by strangulation or other forms of lethal assault (Glass et al., 2008).

One in four women will experience Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) in their lifetimes, and of women at high risk, up to 68% will experience near-fatal strangulation by their partner with 35% of strangulation victims strangled during sexual assault (Ref: Training Institute for Strangulation Prevention San Diego)

Strangulation is the one offence within a violent relationship where the victim believes that they are about to die and often can do nothing about it. This ‘near death experience’ is what keeps many of the victims in a ‘traumatic limbo’ quite separate to other victims of violence who have not been strangled (Ref: DFR 2022).

Strangulation is a gendered crime. Since Strangulation Charges Since 315A was introduced, the majority of offenders sentenced for strangulation in Queensland were male (98.3%) Queensland Sentencing Advisory Council.

Red Rose Foundation is a national not-for-profit organisation focused on ending domestic violence, specifically domestic violence-related deaths and suicides.

The Foundation’s work is broad and includes direct free support to victims of domestic violence as well as community awareness, law reform, training, and research. Recently, the foundation has brought to public attention a potentially lethal aspect of domestic violence, strangulation

In 2021, the Foundation opened Australia’s first Strangulation Trauma Centre to provide medium to long term supports to women who have experienced often sustained and repeated acts of strangulation.


Two-day admission to the National Symposium offers:

Global and International Perspectives: Acquire valuable insights from Australian subject matter experts and distinguished international guest speakers who are authorities in the field of non-lethal strangulation and partner-inflicted brain injury.

Cutting-Edge Research: The symposium is a collaborative effort with the Centre for Domestic & Family Violence Research and other noted researchers, ensuring that the latest research and advancements in the field are shared with participants. Stay ahead of the curve and contribute to the ongoing dialogue.

Practice Led Conversations: The symposium program will include practitioners bringing perspectives of work with trauma, sexual violence, brain injury and other health impacts, justice, cultural perspectives, children and more.

Open Dialogue: Engage in meaningful discussions with professionals, advocates, and community members. This symposium aims to foster an open dialogue that encourages the exchange of ideas and experiences surrounding non-lethal strangulation.

Networking Opportunities: Connect with like-minded individuals and organisations committed to addressing the challenges posed by non-lethal strangulation. Build valuable connections and partnerships that can contribute to creating a safer and more informed community.

Professional Development: Elevate your expertise and capabilities through workshops and sessions tailored for professionals in the areas of domestic violence, family violence, sexual violence, and related fields. Gain insights from leading experts and practitioners actively addressing non-lethal strangulation and partner-inflicted brain injuries.

Australian First: This symposium marks an Australian First in addressing non-lethal strangulation comprehensively. Be part of history as we collectively strive to raise awareness, foster collaboration, and drive positive change.

Who Should Attend: Healthcare Professionals, Legal and Law Enforcement Professionals, Child Protection and Social Services Professionals, Education Professionals, Therapists and Counsellors, Workplace and Human Resource Professionals, Not-for-Profit Organizations and Community Services, First Responders and Emergency Services, Government Agencies, Professionals in the Housing Sector, Middle Management, and Domestic and Family Violence Sector Professionals.


Don’t miss this unique opportunity to be part of a transformative two day event that aims to make a lasting impact on the way we address non-lethal strangulation and partner inflicted brain injury in Australia.

Together, we can #ChangeTheEnding.


February 21
February 22
$410 – $512.50
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Royal on the Park Hotel, Brisbane
152 Alice Street
Brisbane, Queensland 4000 Australia

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