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How to Improve Your Investigation and Prosecution of Strangulation Cases

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Published Date
September, 2007

This paper highlights results of a study examining 300 strangulation cases, 89% of which involved domestic violence. It provides an overview of the issue from a medical perspective, and then offers practical tips for law enforcement officers and prosecutors in effectively addressing these cases.

”We learned that on a regular basis victims had reported being choked, and that in many of those cases, there was very little visible injury or evidence to corroborate the ‘choking’ incident. The lack of physical evidence caused the criminal justice system to treat many ‘choking’ cases as minor incidents, much like a slap on the face where only redness may appear.”