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Staff In-Service: Strangulation in Intimate Partner Relationships

February 15, 2023 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm


Identifying, Investigating and Prosecuting Cases 

Wednesday, February 15, 20231:00 – 2:45pm

Hybrid Staff In service 

Strangulation is one of the most lethal forms of violence employed by perpetrators of intimate partner violence, and the overwhelming majority of strangulation incidents – that do not result in death – result in little or no visible injury to the victim. Lack of visible injury can result in the misidentification of strangulation injury and an inability for medical professionals to provide meaningful intervention and treatment. In the absence of visible injury, other telltale symptoms may be present, and it is critical for law enforcement officers and other first responders who interface with victims in the aftermath of an assault to be able to identify these symptoms of strangulation as a component of the violence.

This presentation will address common myths and misconceptions related to strangulation injury and focus on the signs and symptoms of strangulation injury, medical evaluation and documentation, delayed fatalities, and risk factors.

Presenter:Jonathan H. Kurland is an Attorney Advisor with Aequitas, a program of the National Institution on the Prosecution of Domestic Violence

Prior to joining AEquitas, Jonathan worked in the District Attorney’s Office of Berks County, Pennsylvania where he started as a line Assistant District Attorney and prosecuted the range of cases typical for a jurisdiction with a combination of urban, suburban, and rural communities. However, over time, Jonathan’s focus increasingly trended to violent crime and cases involving the most vulnerable and exploited of victims. When Jonathan left after sixteen years in the District Attorney’s Office to join AEquitas, he was the Chief Deputy District Attorney and supervised, advised, and still prosecuted matters involving intimate partner violence and homicides, sexual violence, child abuse, and grand jury investigations.



February 15, 2023
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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