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Strangulation and Domestic Violence: The Edge of Homicide  

Author:  Gael  Strack.; Casey  Gwinn.

Source: Volume 07, Number 03, Winter 2015 , pp.193-195(3)

Family & Intimate Partner Violence Quarterly

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One of the things that the criminal justice system has gotten right in recent years is to shine the light on the severe implications associated with the act of choking or strangulation. As it turns out, strangulation is nothing new and has been perpetrated by many abusers repeatedly, virtually under the nose of law enforcement offi cials, who until recently did not know how to look for its signs. However, times are now changing, and people are beginning to recognize, as Gael Strack and Casey Gwinn observe, that “strangulation is clearly the edge of homicide.” It also is one of the best predictors of whether or not a man will eventually kill his partner.

Keywords: Casondra Stewart; Tamara Smith; choking incident; Journal of Emergency Medicine , “Review of 300 Attempted Strangulation Cases”; one of the most lethal forms of domestic violence in 2001.

Affiliations:  1: National Family Justice Center Alliance; 2: National Family Justice Center Alliance.

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