Domestic violence-related police calls constitute the single largest category of calls received by police, accounting for 15 to more than 50 percent of all calls. When police officers respond, they know the situation can be volatile for both them and the abuser’s victim: The killer in almost one third of female homicides is an intimate partner. And from 2010-2014, 22% of law enforcement officer "line of duty" deaths occurred while responding to a call for service involving a domestic dispute.
|More than 100 attended the training, including law enforcement, |
attorneys, treatment providers and victim advocates.
During the half-day training, national experts Casey Gwinn and Gael Strack, Co-Founders of Alliance for HOPE International and the Training Institute on Strangulation Prevention, covered:
- Findings from a study of 300 misdemeanor strangulation cases
- The lethality of strangulation
- Identifying the signs and symptoms of strangulation cases
- Anatomy and medical aspects in surviving and non-surviving victims
- Investigation, documentation, and prosecution of non-fatal strangulation cases as felonies, or attempted homicides
- Use of experts and court considerations
- Advocating for victims of strangulation
- Best practices, new resources and next steps.
|Presenters showed how to investigate |
and document strangulation cases.
Even if a victim survives strangulation, s/he is vastly more likely to die during a future incident; surviving victims of strangulation assault are 750% more likely to become a homicide victim. (Glass, et al., 2008)
In August 2017, the DVOMB updated its policies to recommend that the professionals who treat and supervise offenders apply a higher-risk approach to offenders who have engaged in strangulation; in 2016, the Colorado legislature passed legislation that allows prosecutors to pursue felony charges in cases of first and second degree assault where evidence of strangulation is present because of the physical, neurological, and psychological health consequences for victims of strangulation and the increased risk for domestic violence fatalities.
For more information, visit the DVOMB web site.
 Source: Friday, P., V. Lord, M. Exum, and J. Hartman. “Evaluating the Impact of a Specialized Domestic Violence Police Unit.” National Institute of Justice, Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Justice, May 2006.