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Masterclass non-fatal strangulation

January 20, 2022

The EFJCA organized an online masterclass "Non-fatal strangulation" with dr Catherine White, clinical director St Mary Sexual Assault Center, Manchester, UK. The masterclass focussed on one of the most hidden and lethal forms of domestic violence, with very serious consequences for the victims: (non-fatal) strangulation.

Role of the different professions
Professionals learned the basics about the dynamics and impact of non-fatal strangulation, and how to recognize, disclose, question and investigate this form of violence. The role of the different professions (police, justice, help, victim support, medical and health care) was described. 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.

Devastating effect
Strangulation is an ultimate form of power and control where the perpetrator can demonstrate control over the victim’s next breath: it may have devastating psychological effects or a potentially fatal outcome. Strangulation is more common in domestic violence cases than previously thought.

70 participants from 8 countries followed the masterclass.