Dear Carolyn,

I am concerned about my sister, as her boyfriend is choking her.  They get in a fight, and he grabs her neck. The problem is there usually aren’t any bruises. What is the risk of this? What should she do?


Carolyn Answers,

Strangulation is a very dangerous, and, in fact, can be deadly. At least 50 percent of the strangulation cases show no bruises or outside injury. Thirty-five percent have bruising that doesn’t photograph well. Some of the symptoms of choking are hoarseness, headaches, dizziness or vomiting. Strangling someone doesn’t require much strength, and the strength is comparable to the strength of a handshake. The time to create unconsciousness from strangulation is as little as 7 to 14 seconds up to a minute. Death can occur within minutes from unconsciousness. According to the Journal of Emergency Medicine, surviving victims of strangulation are seven times more likely to be homicide victims.

Your sister should make a diary of all the past incidents of attempted strangulation. She should take her list the Family Justice Center and apply for a 50B. And she should never see this man again. He is dangerous. Strangulation is dangerous!


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