Strangulation and suffocation often occur within abusive and violent relationships and acts. Often the victim doesn’t recognize signs and symptoms such as loss of consciousness, labored breathing, horse and rasping vocalizations and delayed symptoms such as dizziness, nausea and blood clots. Unfortunately, many professionals also miss the symptoms and fail to screen for strangulation and/or suffocation. If you work with victims of child abuse, domestic violence, sexual assault and general assault, adding screening questions is imperative. Not only is strangulation a felony, it is also potentially deadly immediately and delayed for victims. Please join to be introduced to the basics of strangulation and suffocation.
Identify signs and symptoms of strangulation and suffocation.
Learn some screening questions when working with victims.
Recognize risk factors that are related to strangulation and suffocation.