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‘I thought he was going to kill me’

May 3, 2021

EFJCA-expert, Dr Catherine White, Clinical Director of the Saint Mary's Sexual Assault Referral Centre and SAFEPlace Merseyside in Manchester, UK, and her colleagues did an Analysis of 204 case files of adults reporting non-fatal strangulation as part of a sexual assault over a 3 year period. The results of the research were published in Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine 79 (2021).

Growing awareness

There is growing awareness internationally around the prevalence and dangerousness of non-fatal strangulation (NFS). The aim of this study was to:

  • identify the prevalence of NFS in patients presenting to the Saint Mary’s Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC), Manchester, UK for an acute forensic medical exami-nation (FME) after a report of rape or sexual assault;
  • explore the characteristics of patients reporting NFS compared to those who did not;
  • explore the prevalence of various symptoms and signs associated with NFS.