About the Program

The Texas Investigation & Prosecution of Strangulation (TxIPS) Training Program was developed in 2017 by the Sexual Assault Family Violence Investigator Course (SAFVIC) Program. The goal was to create an 8-hour training course on how to effectively investigate and prosecute strangulation crimes.

The purpose of the Texas Investigation & Prosecution of Strangulation Training Program is to build a bridge in educating law enforcement and prosecutors about the symptoms, effects, and lethality of strangulation in the crimes of sexual assault, domestic violence, elder abuse, human trafficking, stalking, and dating/acquaintance violence. The program is funded by the S.T.O.P Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Program Grant from the Criminal Justice Division (CJD) of the Texas Governor’s Office.


The Texas Investigation & Prosecution of Strangulation (TxIPS) is open to full-time law enforcement officers and prosecutors. Applicants must serve their agency/department in a full-time capacity as a licensed Texas Peace Officer or Prosecutor. There are limited seats in each class for victim services representatives, see individual course sign up for details.

To see how many strangulation deaths have occurred in your area or in the state of Texas please click the following link for an interactive map: Texas Statewide Strangulation Map.

Training Fees

The TxIPS is free for Texas law enforcement officers and prosecutors.  All travel expenses are the sole responsibility of each student.

Training Credit

Each student will receive 8-hours course credit (TCOLE #53271) after the training roster has been verified and student data entry has been completed. Partial credit will not be given if a student fails to complete the training.

The TxIPS Course does not serve as a substitute for any SAFVIC course.


If a registrant must cancel their attendance please notify the TxIPS Program Staff as soon as possible to find a replacement at training@safvic.org