Strangulation has been identified as one of the most lethal forms of domestic violence and sexual assault: unconsciousness may occur within seconds and death within minutes. When domestic violence perpetrators choke (strangle) their victims, especially to the point of unconsciousness, it is not only a felony but it may be an attempted homicide. Strangulation is an ultimate form of power and control that can have a devastating psychological effect on victims. The inability to breathe is one of the most terrifying events a person can endure.
Gael Strack, JD and Casey Gwinn, JD, leading experts in the field of non-fatal strangulation and suffocation assaults in intimate partner violence cases, will collectively share their expertise and cover the following:
Findings from a study of 300 misdemeanor strangulation cases Understanding the lethality of strangulation Link to other crimes, police shootings and mass murders Identifying the signs and symptoms of strangulation cases Anatomy and medical aspects in surviving and non-surviving victims Investigating and documenting a Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Strangulation cases Legal aspects of strangulation cases with surviving victims Developing and using experts in court Advocating for traumatized victims Resources and handouts developed by the Institute