Implementing New Law: Nonfatal Strangulation is a Felony in Maryland
On October 1, 2020, nonfatal strangulation became a specific felony in the State of Maryland. Strangulation survivors are 750% more likely to become a victim of a homicide. A collaborative approach to investigation, prosecution, medical care, and victim services is vital to enforcing the new law and to providing support for survivors of strangulation. This program will focus on the implementation of the new law, lethality risks associated with nonfatal strangulation, signs, and symptoms of strangulation, and available community resources.
1. To address the implementation of the new strangulation law.
2. To understand the differences between strangulation and choking.
3. To understand the lethality risks associated with strangulation.
4. To identify signs (or lack thereof) and symptoms of strangulation.
5. To identify community resources for victims of strangulation.
6. To discuss how community partners can work together in the identification of strangulation, provision of appropriate medical care, law enforcement investigation, and prosecution of cases.
This training is eligible for 2 Category I Social Work continuing education units.
This training is eligible for 2.5 contact hours for nurses.
Intended Audience: Law enforcement, fire and rescue personnel, 911 operators, prosecutors, emergency trauma nurses, healthcare providers, and victim service providers