Documenting the evidence of strangulation will help establish physical evidence, determine the severity of the injuries caused by the assault, and increase the victim’s credibility. Victims, especially those who are pregnant, should also seek medical attention if they experience any of the following symptoms: Difficulty Breathing, Speaking, or Swallowing; Nausea; Vomiting; Light Headedness; Headache; Involuntary Urination or Defecation. A medical evaluation may be crucial in detecting injuries & saving a life.
How: For several days after the assault, document the injuries through photographs and monitor signs & symptoms by recording the following information:
How Can 180 Help?
Monmouth County’s Strangulation/Smothering Evaluation Team (SSET)
Strangulation is one of the most lethal forms of domestic and sexual violence: unconsciousness may occur within seconds and death within minutes. Survivors may also suffer life-threatening medical emergencies hours, days, or weeks later.If someone has been choked or strangled, call the police or go to the nearest hospital Emergency Room for assistance.
The Monmouth County SSET includes Forensic Nurses, Domestic Violence Response Advocates, and specially trained Law Enforcement Officers and offers 24/7 assistance to victims, including information, safety planning, and medical evaluations, as needed.
For more information, call (732) 264-4111.