A review of 300 attempted strangulation cases part I: Criminal legal issues

Gael B. Strack, George E. McClane, Dean Hawley

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Abstract

Three hundred strangulation cases, submitted for misdemeanor prosecution to the San Diego City Attorney's Office, were evaluated to determine the signs and symptoms of attempted strangulation that could be used to corroborate the victim's allegation of being 'choked' for purposes of prosecution. The study reveals that a lack of training may have caused police and prosecutors to overlook symptoms of strangulation or to rely too heavily on the visible signs of strangulation. Because most victims of strangulation had no visible injuries or their injuries were too minor to photograph, opportunities for higher level criminal prosecution were missed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)303-309
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Emergency Medicine
Volume21
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2001

Keywords

  • Documentation
  • Domestic violence
  • Felony
  • Misdemeanor
  • Strangulation
  • Violence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine

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