STRANGULATION AND SUFFOCATION: USEFUL RESOURCES
To manage the new offence of Strangulation and Suffocation which came into force on 7th June 2022, there are a variety of resources on the Institute For Addressing Strangulation’s website ifas.org.uk, and below.
We have made a recording of the 28th and 29th June 22 training event on the New Offence of Strangulation and Suffocation. If you would like access to it and/or if you are interested in future courses please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Most of these resources refer to strangulation as it occurs more frequently and it is this that is assessed in much of the research referred to here. However some of the behaviours and results for suffocation can be similar, so the two should be considered seriously and responded to appropriately. Some staff working in this area use the term ‘strangulation’ informally to cover both strangulations and suffocations.
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If you have facilities to do any translations of (v) in particular, the leaflet for someone who has been strangled or suffocated then please do get it translated and share the results with us.
- 12 Key Points on Non-Fatal Strangulation (NFS) for all who likely to encounter NFS. There is also a ten minute introductory video done in the USA which clearly sets out the dangers of NFS. https://www.
familyjusticecenter.org/ resources/the-last-warning- shot-roll-call-video/
- NFS background information (Appendix 2).
- First-responders checklist (Appendix 3) NB In New Zealand and San Diego in the USA the police have an app on their phones to guide them through what questions to ask and what to record. Appendix 3a is a suggested Police investigative worksheet adapted from one used in the USA.
- More information : a useful comprehensive (over 200 pages) document on all aspects of investigation and prosecuting from California District Attorney’s Office 2020 report on Investigation and Prosecution of Strangulation Cases (Appendix 4), also at: https://www.familyjusticecenter.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/Strangulation_2020-Online-Version.pdf.
- Leaflets to give to people who have been strangled/suffocated (Appendix 5). There is also more information on Information for victims of strangulation in a booklet on the ifas.org.uk website
- In-person training (Appendix 6 provides sample slides).
- e-learning module on NFS – the American Institute of Strangulation website has one. (some key messages from it are in appendix 7 https://www.strangulationtraininginstitute.com/training/online-strangulation-training)
- Faculty of Forensic and Legal Medicine guidance on NFS (Appendix 9).
- Diagram of signs and symptoms as a png document and as a word document also attached.
- From the USA an emergency nurses topic brief is available at: https://www.familyjusticecenter.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/Emergency-Nurses-Association-An-Overview-of-Strangulation-Injuries-and-Nursing-Implications-2016.pdf
- Recognition of Strangulation and Suffocation as a priority public health issue https://www.familyjusticecenter.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/NY-State-DeptofHealth-letter-non-fatal-strangulation-Nov2018.pdf
- A three page summary of research in this area
- An Infographic used by North Wales Police is also attached
- Appendix 5f Fletëpalosje për shtypje për ata që janë mbytur (Leaflet in Albanian)
- Appendix 5g Fletëpalosje për shtypje për ata që janë mbytur (Leaflet in Albanian for printing)
- summary-of-research-on-NFS (1)
- North Wales Police Strangulation Infographic