Strangulation, Domestic Violence and the Legal Response
H Douglas, R Fitzgerald, 'Strangulation, Domestic Violence and the Legal Response' (2014) 36 (2) The Sydney Law Review 231
25 Pages Posted: 19 Jul 2014
Date Written: 2014
In risk assessment tools used by domestic violence workers and police, strangulation, short of causing death, is considered a 'red flag' for future serious abuse and fatality. This article discusses the risks and concerns associated with non-fatal strangulation and examines current legal responses to it in Australia, the United States and Canada. Drawing on a study of court files involving domestic violence protection orders, the authors consider how strangulation allegations made by those applying for protection orders are responded to by police and courts in Queensland. The authors conclude with a reflection on current policy and legislative approaches to non-fatal strangulation in Australia and make suggestions for law reform.
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