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Guidance for Police Management of Strangulation

Guidance for Police Management of Strangulation

  • ● May, 2024
  • IFAS
  • Survey Guidance

Guidance for the police management of strangulation cases, intended to enhance the response to strangulation. This is under consultation until Friday 26th July. Download the guidance and respond to our consultation survey.

Sex Worker Experiences of Strangulation

Sex Worker Experiences of Strangulation

  • ● May, 2024
  • IFAS
  • Survey

Survey to help better understand the experiences of strangulation amongst UK sex workers.

Strangulation Data Capture Guidance

Strangulation Data Capture Guidance

  • ● Apr, 2024
  • IFAS
  • Guidance

Guidance produced by IFAS to support front-line services in responding to, monitoring, and reporting on strangulation. This guidance has been supported by findings from an IFAS survey, also reported in this guidance document.

Prosecution and Sentencing of Strangulation and Suffocation Offences Report 2024

Prosecution and Sentencing of Strangulation and Suffocation Offences Report 2024

  • ● Apr, 2024
  • IFAS
  • Research report

A report into the latest data surrounding the prosecution and conviction of strangulation and suffocation cases in England and Wales from the first year post-legislation (up to 6th June 2023).

Latest publications

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Hundreds charged with non-fatal strangulation offences after domestic abuse law changed

Hundreds charged with non-fatal strangulation offences after domestic abuse law changed

  • ● Jul, 2023
  • ITV News
  • News Article

More than 200 people have been charged with non-fatal strangulation offences after the law was changed to protect victims of domestic abuse.

Hands off! Non-fatal strangulation could land you 14 years in prison under new legislation

Hands off! Non-fatal strangulation In NI could land you 14 years in prison under new legislation

  • ● Jun, 2023
  • Belfast Live
  • News Article

On Monday 26th June, non-fatal strangulation or asphyxiation (under The Justice Sexual Offences and Trafficking Victims Act NI 2022) has been made a specific criminal offence in Northern Ireland, punishable by up to 14 years’ imprisonment.

Non fatal strangulation: Victim speaks out as new law comes into effect

Non fatal strangulation: NI Victim speaks out as new law comes into effect

  • ● Jun, 2023
  • Belfast Live
  • News Article

“I was strangled the second time to the point where I blacked out, lost control of my bladder and bowels and honestly felt I was going to die"

New law on strangulation is making a difference

New law on strangulation is making a difference

  • ● Jun, 2023
  • Yorkshire Bylines
  • News Article

Recent legislation helps courts address a previously neglected form of violence

Latest Blog Posts

Strangulation as Entertainment? The Normalisation of Violence Against Women on Screen

A piece written by the team at IFAS, highlighting the normalisation of strangulation towards women in mainstream media and its implications.

Overcoming Challenges in Strangulation Research

A piece written by research officer Harriet Smailes, discussing the complexities of research that focuses on strangulation.

My experience of what I now call ‘Non Visible Strangulation’

A written experience on strangulation which highlights the difficulties that survivors face in accessing effective treatment and support where injuries related to strangulation are non-visible.

Julie’s Experience

A blog written by Julie about her journey of surviving a violent assault, shedding light on the delayed recall and lasting impact of strangulation trauma.

An estimated

20,000

strangulations a year are reported to women’s charities

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IFAS Training

The Institute has the expertise to train professionals on best practice in supporting victims/survivors of strangulation through a forensic and medical lens.

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Latest training events

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IFAS Clinical Webinar Series Autumn 2024

10 Sep 2024,
We are pleased to announce our next clinical webinar series on Non-Fatal Strangulation (NFS) which will take place in the autumn from 10 September to 05 November 2024.

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Our message is clear and simple. There is no safe way to strangle.

Following the introduction of new legislation which recognises strangulation as a stand alone offence, we are driven to highlight and tackle the severity of strangulation and the deep impact on the victims/survivors.

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