The definition of strangulation or being choked is a person knowingly or intentionally impeding the breathing or circulation of the blood of another person by applying pressure on the throat or neck of the other person. Pressure on the structures of the neck can cause unseen and unrecognized injuries. Through years of research there is better understanding now about the seriousness of non-lethal strangulation.

Intimate partner strangulation is a very serious form of domestic violence or abuse. Strangulation has been found to be a strong indicator of increasingly severe violence leading to possibility of homicide. Once a person has been strangled and did not lead to their death, their chances of homicide increase 750% if they are strangled again. Strangulation has been shown to be an ultimate form of power and control, where the batterer can demonstrate absolute control over their victim.

Strangulation or “being choked” can cause death or other permanent side effects. The amount of pressure that it takes to open a can of soda on the arteries of the neck has the potential cause death or permanent damage.

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How We Can Help You

  • CRMC Forensic nurses have been specially trained by the Strangulation Training Institute in the care of victims of strangulation. We offer care at the time of the events and for follow up services.
  • Medical forensic examination with or without evidence collection, photography, and documentation upon your wishes.
  • Community resources for any anticipated needs after discharge
  • Contact law enforcement if you wish to do so.