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Offence of Non-Fatal Strangulation

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On 7th June 2022 the criminal offence of non-fatal strangulation was made a specific criminal offence under the Domestic Abuse Act 2021.  Perpetrators of this crime now face up to 5 years in prison. 

The practice of non-fatal strangulation is typically where a perpetrator strangles or intentionally affects their victims’ ability to breathe in an attempt to control or intimidate the victim.

There was much campaigning in respect of this offence which is not an uncommon feature of domestic abuse cases.  It is used to exert power and control and instil fear.  Research has found that non-fatal strangulation is an indicator that the survivor is at very high risk of serious injury or death caused by the perpetrator.

The practice of non-fatal strangulation can often leave no visible injury which means that it was harder to prosecute under other offences such as actual bodily harm.  Studies have shown that victims of non-fatal strangulation are seven times more likely to be murdered by their partner.

This offence also applies to British Nationals who carry out these offences overseas.

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