Feb 2 | Three-part Domestic Violence Series: Part 2| Strangulation – The Healthcare Response

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Online Course Evaluation – How it works:

We are trying a new process for course evaluations using our online course system. We hope this will ultimately provide a smoother experience for you by allowing you to access your certificate immediately after completing the course evaluation. Here is how it works:

After the live meeting ends, you will receive an email with an evaluation access code.

  1. Log into this online course
  2. Under Course Content, click “Step 1: Access Evaluation” and follow the instructions to enter the code.
  3. After you enter the code, you will be able to continue to the next step of the course and complete the evaluation.
  4. After you submit the evaluation, click Mark Complete and you will be able to download or print your certificate. The certificate will also be emailed to you as a PDF.

This course will examine evidence-based tools for risk and lethality assessment in domestic violence cases and explore appropriate risk management.  It will include an opportunity for  participants to discuss the application of these tools to their work.


Over the last decade the high incidence of non-fatal strangulation in cases of domestic violence and sexual assault, and the serious health implications has prompted an increase in education for all those who interface with survivors of interpersonal violence.  This in-service will cover assessment for signs and symptoms of strangulation so that appropriate care can be provided including collection of evidence, medical care, and documentation.

Learning Objectives

    1. Discuss high incidence of strangulation in cases of interpersonal violence.
    2. Describe the anatomy of strangulation and suffocation.
    3. Discuss the rapid physiological response to suffering non-fatal strangulation.
    4. Explain the impact of strangulation on memory recall.
    5. Discuss the short and long term impact of non-fatal strangulation survivors.
    6. Discuss the need for medical assessment and intervention in cases of non-fatal strangulation.

Learning Outcome

  1. List 5 primary symptoms experienced by survivors of non-fatal strangulation.