Advocacy with Victims of Strangulation
March 29, 2018
10 AM – 1 PM
Mary Houtsma, CSW, DVS
In recent years, research has confirmed that strangulation is one of the most lethal forms of violence in domestic violence and sexual assault cases. This workshop will provide an overview of the research findings, as well as a review of the signs and symptoms of strangulation. Advocacy tips for working with victims of strangulation will be discussed and tools for educating victims about signs and symptoms will be distributed. Excerpts from a video developed by the National Training Institute on Strangulation Prevention will be shown. Viewers should be cautioned that images of injuries and interviews with victims of strangulation may be disturbing. The workshop will increase advocates’ skills in interviewing, safety planning, and advocating for victims of domestic violence. Training resources can be shared with law enforcement, prosecutors, and medical professionals for the purpose of improving the coordinated community response to strangulation assaults throughout New Jersey.
3 DVS Credits: Intervention