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The establishment of the Institute for Addressing Strangulation

Event date: 27 February 2023

Venue: Online

How to book: Please click here to register.

Summary of event:

A new specific offence of Strangulation and Suffocation was introduced in Section 70 of the Domestic Abuse Act 2021 and came into force on 07 June 2022. Strangulation is sadly common in domestic abuse and sexual violence. It can have serious medical consequences with victims of strangulation in domestic abuse being seven times more likely to become a victim of domestic homicide.

The FFLM, in partnership with SafeLives and Bangor University, has received funding from the Home Office to establish an Institute for Addressing Strangulation. The Institute will be focused on addressing strangulation by:

  • Reducing the incidence of strangulation and suffocation in the UK;
  • Establishing best practices for the management of victims and their families and perpetrators;
  • Raising awareness of the dangers, providing training and resources regarding management & prevention, and supporting associated research;
  • Working with Policy makers and commissioners to maximise the capacity and expertise required to enhance victim safety.

Dr Cath White OBE, Medical Director of the Institute, will be presenting a webinar on the establishment of the Institute on Monday 27 February 2023 at 19:00. This webinar is free to attend.

Price: Free

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