Strangulation is one of the most lethal forms of domestic violence: unconsciousness may occur within seconds and death within minutes.
Strangulation is a serious act of violence, and it is important to know the signs and symptoms. Acts of strangulation should not go unreported. A person who commits the act can be charged with Aggravated Assault.
Power and control are underlying factors in this violent act, and the batterer may use strangulation to demonstrate control. Victims suffer great physical and psychological harm and may feel terror and pain. Victims usually resist the violence, which may lead to additional injuries and unconsciousness.
Strangulation frequently results in the loss of consciousness due to a blocked airway, carotid artery, or jugular vein. Consciousness may be regained if pressure is released within ten seconds. However, brain death will occur if strangulation continues for four to five minutes.