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Strangulation

Strangulation (“choking”)

If you or someone you know has experienced strangulation or has had their breathing cut off in any way for any length of time, please go to a hospital emergency room right away and ask for a CTA exam, even if the strangulation occurred in the past.  You can also speak to an advocate at the Family Safety Center today at 615-880-1100.

Strangulation is a very dangerous form of abuse that occurs when someone blocks a person’s breathing by putting pressure on their neck or chest.  Watch our video below to learn more about the impact and risk of strangulation (in English & Spanish):

                        

Signs and Symptoms of Strangulation

If you or someone you know has experienced strangulation, even for just a few seconds, please look at these possible signs and symptoms below and download our Strangulation Brochure to help you track these:

Strangulation Brochure     Folleto de Estrangulaci√≥n (Spanish)

Click on the images below to learn more about some of the signs and symptoms:

Some common signs and symptoms are (please see the above photos for additional signs and symptoms):

  • losing consciousness or passing out
  • memory loss or confusion, may not remember parts of assault or strangulation
  • small red or purple dots on your face, scalp, eyes, ears, or nose (this is called petechiae)
  • burst blood vessels in your eye
  • changes in your voice and difficulty speaking, swallowing, or breathing
  • dizziness or lightheadedness
  • changes in your vision

However, injuries that you can see only show up 50% or HALF of the time. You also may feel fine, but it’s very important that you see a doctor. Go to a hospital emergency room immediately and ask for a CTA exam if you have ever been choked or strangled.

Anytime someone makes it so you can’t breathe, you are at risk of serious health consequences that last days, weeks, or even months.  Strangulation is also so dangerous because of how quickly it can lead to death.

If you or someone you know has experienced strangulation or has had their breathing cut off in any way for any length of time, please go to a hospital emergency room right away and ask for a CTA exam, even if the strangulation occurred in the past.

 

If you think that you are in an abusive relationship, look at our safety planning page for ways to increase your safety and our Other Help in Nashville page for community support.