Sex Worker Experiences of Strangulation – Survey and Resources


Our aims at the Institute for Addressing Strangulation (IFAS) are to raise awareness of strangulation, conduct research, develop resources, and train professionals in responding to individuals who have been strangled.

To do this effectively, we want to understand more about the different contexts in which strangulation can occur. Whilst strangulation can occur in domestic abuse and sexual violence, it can also be a part of sex – including within the sex industry. In the context of consensual sex, strangulation is sometimes referred to as ‘choking’ or ‘breath play’.


We would like to get a better understanding of how strangulation features in sex work for those working in the UK, and so have created a survey to gather some input directly from sex workers. This survey contains 4 sections of questions. There are a total of 16-17 optional questions, depending on your responses. It should take no longer than 5-10 minutes to complete.

Please complete the survey here: 

Please get in touch with us – – if you would like to complete the survey in a different way e.g., through talking through the questions with a Researcher, or if you would like the questions presented in a different more accessible format.


If you have been strangled without your consent, please look through our information for victims of strangulation:

This is currently available in the following languages: English, Dutch, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Romanian, Urdu, Welsh. There is also a ‘quick read’ version of the leaflet available.


Please get in touch if you have any questions or if there is anything you would like to work with us on going forwards:

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