Review and analysis of laws related to strangulation in 50 states

Kathryn Laughon, Nancy Glass, Claude Worrell

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Nonlethal strangulation of intimate partners has substantial direct health effects and is associated with an increased risk of later lethal violence by a partner or ex-intimate partner but can be difficult to prosecute under felony assault statutes. After review of state laws regarding assault, the authors identified 10 states with specific legislation related to strangulation as of March 2009 The authors examined the characteristics of these laws. They recommend that all states develop policies to improve prosecution of strangulation, include strangulation in their criminal codes, and use language that includes all potential victims.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)358-369
Number of pages12
JournalEvaluation Review
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 2009


  • Strangulation
  • Women: Intimate partner violence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • General Social Sciences


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