Lethality Risk Factors Series: Strangulation

February 9, 2024 | By Kelsey McKay, Attorney & Subject Matter Expert

Strangulation is a critical lethality risk factor for intimate partner homicide, as it signifies a highly dangerous level of physical violence and control within an abusive relationship. Survivors who experience strangulation are at a heightened risk of subsequent lethal violence, emphasizing the urgent need for intervention and support in such cases. This is part 2 of the DV RISC Lethality Risk Factors Webinar Series  which highlights the research behind strangulation as a lethality risk factor, identifies how strangulation is addressed in specific IPV risk assessments, and recognizes practical steps that can be taken once it is flagged on a risk assessment.



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