The criminal theme for this month is strangulation. I thought I would start with some interesting facts:

  • Without an expert to explain the seriousness of asphyxia, jurors are likely to think it didn’t happen because the injuries were too minor (San Diego Jury)
  • With an expert to explain the seriousness of asphyxia, jurors wanted to know why the case was only prosecuted as a misdemeanor (Orange County Jury)
  • Abusers do not always understand the medical severity of the act of strangulation
  • Lethality is based on duration, quantity and surface area of applied force
  • Victims who are intoxicated are easier to kill than those who are sober.
  • At least 25% of all DV cases include strangulation.
  • 34% of abused pregnant women reported being strangled
  • Children are present as often as 50% of the time, and are the reason that the perpetrator stops up to 2/3 of the time.

(Training Institute on Strangulation Prevention, 2014)

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