October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and we were honored to partner with the Wichita Police Department to recognize and highlight an often underreported form of domestic violence – strangulation. If you are the victim of strangulation, seek immediate medical care, or call 911.
The Wichita Police Department recognizes non-fatal strangulation is one of the most lethal forms of domestic violence. Strangulation is a high-risk indicator for future serious assaults and homicide. Strangulation is often underreported, leaving no signs of visible injuries. However, death and other serious long-term medical conditions such as carotid artery dissection, respiratory complications, and the risk of blood clots traveling to the brain can occur days or weeks after an attack.