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Strangulation is highly prevalent in abusive relationships, yet it often goes unreported by survivors and undetected by law enforcement and other professionals working with survivors.  This leaves those who use this tactic of physical abuse unaccountable and risks the lives of survivors.  Attempts to strangle, sometimes referred to as “choking,” not only raise red flags about the potential for future homicide, but they can also cause serious short- and long-term physical and mental health problems, including delayed death.
At next month’s Task Force meeting, to be held on Friday November 8th, Greg Loughlin, Director of the Georgia Commission on Family Violence, will lead a discussion on strangulation and provide a presentation on “Strangulation and Domestic Violence: Saving Lives by Improving Our Response.”

As a result of the training, Task Force members will learn the following: 

What strangulation is - and what it is not;
Lethality risks of strangulation;
Short- and long-term physical and mental health risks of strangulation; and,
How to improve our response for the purpose of saving lives.

In addition, Task Force members will be encouraged to share their input about how non-fatal DV strangulation surfaces within our community, how it is dealt with, and our recommendations for moving forward.

This training arises out of a partnership between the Georgia Commission on Family Violence and the Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence, with the goals of raising awareness about strangulation and to enhancing the response of advocates, first responders, law enforcement, prosecutors, and the medical community.

As always, the Cherokee County Domestic Violence Task Force meeting is open to the public and new members are encouraged to attend.  The meeting will take place in the old courtroom on the second floor at the Historic Courthouse in Canton, Georgia (100 North Street).  Networking and brown bag lunch begins at noon, meeting begins at 12:30 on Friday, November 8, 2013.

Contact Your Legislators About HB 911


House Bill 911- the bill to make strangulation a felony offense in Georgia - is scheduled for a vote

TOMORROW in the full House.

Please contact your Representative and urge them to vote YES on House Bill 911!

Making that call is quick and easy! Click HERE to find you Representative’s contact information.

Thank you for your advocacy!!


The facts about strangulation

  • Strangulation assault is extremely dangerous and is very common in abusive relationships.
    • Over 44% of domestic violence victims served by Georgia’s state-certified domestic violence programs have been strangled, according to a recent survey.
    • Strangulation assault interrupts blood flow through the brain, resulting in permanent brain damage and loss of consciousness in as little as ten seconds with as little as four pounds of pressure. Death can occur within minutes.
    • Even a single strangulation assault can cause short and long-term health consequences for victims, including shortness of breath, nausea and vomiting, involuntary urination and defecation, recurrent headaches and neck pain, memory loss, PTSD, and even seizures and strokes.
  • Strangulation assault is a major predictor of eventual homicide.
    • Victims of prior attempted strangulation are eight times more likely to be killed by the same abuser.
  • Strangulation assault is difficult to prosecute under current Georgia law.
    • Under current law, charges often are not brought for strangulation assault. If charges are filed, they are typically for a misdemeanor offense.
  • HB 911 will add language to our existing aggravated assault statute to make this crime a felony offense, enabling prosecutors to prosecute this crime more successfully and seek a sentence that reflects the seriousness of this offense.
    • HB 911 will not create a new crime. It will simply provide clear elements for an existing offense that involves dangerous and potentially lethal force.
    • 37 other states have already passed laws making strangulation assault as a felony offense, including Alabama, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Florida.
  • HB 911 will increase victim safety, hold perpetrators accountable for the crimes they commit, and prevent future homicides.

HB 911 is supported by:


Georgia Commission on Family Violence

Georgia Network to End Sexual Assault

Georgia Association of Solicitors-General

District Attorneys’ Association of Georgia

Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police

Please join us for our monthly meeting featuring a special presentation from:

LaDonna Varner

Family Violence Intervention Program Coordinator with the Georgia Commission on Family Violence


Learn the purpose, benefits, and structure of this program for batterers, differences between FVIP and Anger Management Programs, requirements under Georgia’s statute, and get to know the local FVIP providers and Victim Liaison.



Friday, August 10, 2012

Networking: 12:00-12:30

Presentation: 12:30-1:30

Dos Margaritas at 1558 Riverstone Parkway, Canton, GA

Please feel free to invite a friend or coworker and to bring your lunch to the meeting.

Meeting Reminder for 5/11/12

Please join us for our monthly meeting featuring a special presentation from


Executive Director of the Georgia Commission on Family Violence who will be providing us with a LEGISLATIVE UPDATE.

We will be discussing new laws passed in the prior legislative session as well as policy and legislative issues that affect family violence cases in our area.

Task Force members will also make policy recommendations to be referred to GCFV’s Legislative Committee for consideration.  This gives us a direct voice that could impact laws to be introduced to the State of Georgia next year.

 We will also discuss expanding our Law Enforcement “Roll Call” Training initiative throughout Cherokee County.


May 11, 2012


(networking from 12-12:30)

Downtown Canton, Historic Courthouse, Second Floor

Feel free to bring your lunch and a friend!