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Domestic and Intimate Partner Violence

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“I Didn't Know I Could Turn Colors”: Health Problems And Health Care Experiences Of Women Strangled By An Intimate Partner, Manisha Joshi, Kristie A. Thomas, Susan B. Sorenson Oct 2012

“I Didn't Know I Could Turn Colors”: Health Problems And Health Care Experiences Of Women Strangled By An Intimate Partner, Manisha Joshi, Kristie A. Thomas, Susan B. Sorenson

Departmental Papers (SPP)

Strangulation is a unique and particularly pernicious form of intimate partner violence. To increase the relatively little that is known about strangulation survivors, focus groups and interviews were conducted as part of a practice–research engagement with a domestic violence shelter. All of the participants had been strangled and, among them, almost all were strangled multiple times. The loss of consciousness was common. Participants associated “choking” with use of body parts and “strangling” with use of objects. Although some minimized the assault, most considered strangulation to be serious and reported a variety of medical conditions following the assault. Few sought ...