“Strangulation” is defined as “the obstruction of blood vessels and/or airflow in the neck resulting in asphyxia.” And just like you can’t be “a little bit pregnant,” victims can’t be “choked just a little bit” by their attackers and not have serious, significant, permanent, or even fatal damage to their throats or brains.
Strangulation is one of the most lethal forms of violence. The risk for intimate partner homicide for individuals who have experience strangulation, increases by 700%.
Strangulation is serious
7 to 10 seconds = is the average time to unconsciousness
15 seconds of strangulation can lead to brain infarct (stroke)
1-30 seconds of strangulation can lead to cardiac arrest
4 to 5 minutes of strangulation can lead to brain death