38 states have laws in place that protect victims of strangulation. One of the best known examples of advocacy against strangulation is Monica’s law. These laws or pending laws have been put in place to protect the lives of domestic violence victims.
In Colorado, as in many states where strangulation is not a felony, there is no mandatory jail time for a perpetrator that strangles their victim. That’s right. There is no mandatory jail time for strangulation in Denver, CO.
That may change, however, thanks to recent advocacy by domestic violence agencies, partners, people, and support from the Denver DA.
Why should this concern you?
Strangulation is the most likely form of domestic violence to kill. It has long-term consequences, and is a leading predictor of future homicide. When an abuser strangles, the abuser exudes the ultimate form of control… the ability to control the victims next breath.
Strangulation has long-term and lasting effects. According to a National Center for Child Abuse study and update, strangulation may result in the following (even after victim is released from source of strangulation):
- Brain cells may quickly malfunction and die
- Injury develops slowly, over time causing false sense of security
- Bleeding and swelling progress slowly, causing death hours or days after strangulation
- Rupture of internal blood vessels
- Cardiac arrest
- Vision changes
- Ringing in the ears
- Mental health problems
This is a small list of the complications that can result from strangulation, even if the victim escapes.
Fortunately, the laws in CO may soon change, according to Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey. The Denver DA is working to stay abreast of the latest in Denver domestic violence legislation.
Strangulation is serious.
Strangulation is cause for serious harm and/or death to domestic violence victims. Domestic violence advocates in Denver, CO are now supporting a new bill requiring mandatory jail time for perpetrators convicted of strangulation. According to the DA, people convicted of strangulation should receive jail time.
If you are interested in learning more about this bill, or supporting this bill, state lawmakers in Colorado are meeting at the 17th General Assembly on January 13, 2016.
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