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NCJ Number: 221134 Find in a Library
Title: Understanding, Investigating and Prosecuting Strangulation Cases
Journal: The Prosecutor  Volume:41  Issue:6  Dated:November/December 2007  Pages:20-23
Author(s): Allison Turkel
Date Published: November 2007
Page Count: 4
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article attempts to provide an understanding of the crime of strangulation and the processes involved in the investigation and prosecution of strangulation cases.
Abstract: Ten percent of violent deaths in the United States are attributable to strangulation. Despite the high fatality risk of strangulation, it is often misunderstood or misidentified as something far less serious. It is necessary to understand a bit about the physiology in order to understand what makes strangulation so dangerous. The clinical sequence of a victim who is being strangled is one of severe pain, followed by unconsciousness, followed by brain death. Many times victims minimize being strangled and as a result investigators neglect to fully investigate these incidents. In order to properly assess not only the legal standards necessary for charging but also to understand the lethality of the assault, it is essential for investigators to fully document what has happened. 20 endnotes
Main Term(s): Homicide investigations
Index Term(s): Death investigations; Homicide; Murder; Prosecution
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