FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)-Domestic violence cases continue to be the hardest cases to prosecute, especially when it comes to strangulation.
“I think that strangulation is important because I don't think people know a lot about it,” said Allen County Prosecutor Karen Richards.
When someone is chocked it’s hard to notice any physical signs of abuse.
“A blood clot will form which will go to the brain and cause a stroke and those things are not seen without the appropriate medical techniques to diagnose those blood cots,” said Richards.
It can also leave long-term affects like memory loss.
"Anytime someone is strangled they are at an incredible risk of death for a continued period of time after the strangulation occurs."
That’s why law enforcement officers, medical personnel victims services agencies and even the public are being trained to learn about reporting, investigating and bringing awareness to strangulation.
The Allen County Prosecutor's Office and Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys Council hosted a strangulation training Thursday at the Public Safety Academy in Fort Wayne. Internationally recognized forensic expert Dr. Bill Smock hosted the event.
The training included clinical documentation, fatal and non-fatal anatomym, and a mock strangulation crime scene investigation that included fake blood and a bowl of vomit, a common sign of strangulation.
“How you do the examination and trial of an expert witness, what some common defenses are. So, this training goes not only to that but also what medical care providers should be looking for when they're treating victims of strangulation,” said Richards.
If you do find yourself in a domestic violence situation, seek help immediately because it can turn deadly.
“Anytime somebody is strangled in domestic violence relationship their chances of becoming a homicide victim are 750 times more than any other crime,” said Richards.