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Killed by strangulation: data from ONS year ending March 2023

Killed by strangulation: data from ONS year ending March 2023

  • ● Apr, 2024
  • IFAS
  • Review article

An overview of homicide data published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) on strangulation as a method of killing year ending March 2023.

Strangulation and Suffocation Offences Police Data Report 2024

Strangulation and Suffocation Offences Police Data Report 2024

  • ● Feb, 2024
  • IFAS
  • Research report

A report into the latest data surrounding strangulation and suffocation cases recorded by police forces across England and Wales in the first year post-legislation (up to June 6th, 2023).

Domestic Homicide Review Series Part One

An analysis of Domestic Homicide Reviews with fatal suffocation and smothering (Report 1)

  • ● Feb, 2024
  • IFAS
  • Research report

This report provides a detailed exploration into victim/perpetrator demographics and offers new insights into suffocation and smothering in domestic homicide, including the associated patterns and characteristics of such cases.

Domestic Homicide Review Series Part Two

An analysis of Domestic Homicide Reviews with a history of non- fatal strangulation (Report 2)

  • ● Feb, 2024
  • IFAS
  • Research report

This report provides a detailed exploration into the victims and perpetrators of non-fatal strangulation, reporting of non-fatal strangulation to the police and the use of formal domestic abuse risk assessments in cases of non-fatal strangulation.

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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

‘The Idol’, a new series released by HBO earlier this month, was a hotly anticipated show due to the major names heading up the call sheet: Lily Rose Depp and Abel Tesfaye (the Weeknd) are just two of the well-known actors starring in the show. The series depicts Jocelyn (Depp), a popstar struggling with her […]

Overcoming Challenges in Strangulation Research

Undertaking research in the area of strangulation is vital to better understanding the nature and extent of these acts. Research findings can helpfully inform awareness-raising, and can – and should – be embedded within the practice of professionals working around these topics. However, good-quality and useful research is not always easily achievable. This blog will […]

My experience of what I call ‘Non Visible Strangulation’

“I was put in a position of vulnerability and was exposed to further experiences of re-traumatisation and re-victimisation because my invisible injuries were not believed. I felt violated by those there to protect; my trust in Health betrayed. Seven years later I was found to have life-threatening traumatic brain injury and cervical spine injury from […]

Julie’s Experience

“After hospital I gave a statement in the police station, but didn’t report that I had been strangled. I wasn’t able to recall it. It wasn’t until later on that night whilst at my sister’s home that I remembered, and it was terrifying.” My name is Julie. I experienced a violent assault during the course […]

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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IFAS CONFERENCE 2024: From Data to Action

30 Apr 2024, 09:00 — 16:00
This event will feature the latest clinical guidelines, critical research, and renowned guest speakers, empowering frontline professionals, organisations, and individuals to enhance their support for victims and survivors of strangulation.

In person meeting at
Crowne Plaza, Central Square, Holliday St, Birmingham, B1 1HH

Cost: £90 for early bird tickets, £150 for standard tickets

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Clinical Webinar Series for Emergency Care Practitioners

06 Feb 2024, 12.00 — 13.30
The series of two webinars will take place on Tuesday, 06 February and Tuesday, 20 February 2024. It's free to attend both webinars; there is no cost for participation.

Virtual meeting

Cost: Free

Institute for Addressing Strangulation: 'One Year On' Knowledge Event

28 Nov 2023, 09.30am — 13.00pm
We’re pleased to advise that IFAS will be holding a Knowledge Event on Tuesday 28 November 2023. It will be a half-day event reflecting on IFAS’s work over the last 12 months whilst also looking at what the future holds. It will be held virtually via Microsoft Teams and is £30 to attend. Reserve your place now!

Virtual meeting

Cost: £30.00

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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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