Strangulation

NORTH PORT, Fla. – Strangulation can "very well" be a precursor to homicide, as it was in the case of deceased 22-year-old Gabby Petito, experts say.

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Teton County Coroner Dr. Brent Blue on Tuesday announced that Petito died from manual strangulation weeks after the FBI uncovered the 22-year-old's remains at Bridger-Teton National Forest, north of Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

"It is very important to understand that a non-fatal strangulation incident is an incident of an indicator that you are 750% more likely to die at the hands of that abuser," Andrea Wyant, assistant director of Hope United Survivor Network, which helps victims of domestic violence and sexual assault told Fox News Digital.

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Wyant added that controlling finances and isolating victims from friends and family are "considerable red flags" of a relationship moving in an unhealthy direction.

Mollie Weakland, special events and marketing coordinator of Hope United Survivor Network, said strangulation specifically is the "ultimate form of power and control" for perpetrators who can control a victim's ability to breathe and, therefore, live.

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More than one in four women who identified themselves as being in abusive relationships said they had experienced non-fatal strangulation, according to a 2008 study published in the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI). 

"Research has repeatedly demonstrated non-fatal strangulation and other forms of violence are important risk factors for homicide. This speaks to the importance of screen[ing] for non-fatal strangulation and other types of violence when assessing abused women in emergency settings," Dr. Sabrina Romanoff

, Harvard-trained clinical psychologist and professor at Yeshiva University in New York City, said.


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