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Quiet Suffering: Recognizing the Impact of Strangulation Across the Lifespan in Tribal Communities

July 11 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Strangulation is a prevalent occurrence in child maltreatment, IPV, and sexual violence across the lifespan. The impact of strangulation can lead to harmful, life-long health consequences, and even death. Yet, only a fraction of the victims of non-fatal strangulation will seek help on their own. When help is sought, healthcare professionals may not give full consideration to the occurrence of strangulation and overlook appropriate interventions that are needed. This webinar will provide an overview of the important aspects of strangulation, such as the mechanics, as well as the impact of those victimized by it. The content offered will provide a foundation for assessment, appropriate interventions, and responses to Non-fatal Strangulation while highlighting the IAFN Strangulation Toolkit as an essential resource. The presenters will address potential challenges faced by those responding to this particular form of violence and opportunities to help those impacted by strangulation within American Indian and Alaska Native communities.

Chenel Vanden Berk, BSFS, JD, RN, SANE-A, SANE-P
International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN)

Angelita Olowu, BSN, RN, SANE-A, SANE-P
International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN)


This project was supported by Grant No. 15JOVW-23-GK-03969-INDI awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication/program/exhibition are these of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. Department of Justice.


July 11
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm