If you don’t know a crime exists, what are the chances it will be identified, investigated, or prosecuted? The use of asphyxiation (including strangulation, suffocation, and aquatics) abuse against children is more prevalent than currently understood by those who are tasked to identify and investigate allegations of child abuse, sexual violence, and homicide. These cases, being largely, if not fully, circumstantial also present challenges to practitioners who cannot rely on external injuries to identify this type of abuse. In these cases, injury is not always obvious and reliance on external signs can misdirect the fate of a case. As a result, asphyxiation cases are underreported, undiagnosed, and misunderstood by the medical and criminal justice system. This workshop will provide all members of the multidisciplinary team including law enforcement, CPS, investigators, forensic interviewers, medical teams, and prosecutors with the tools to assess and interview children who have been asphyxiated. With proper training and protocol, practitioners have started to better identify this often missed and lethal crime, finally giving this crime and the victims a voice.
Identify at least 3 different types of criminal asphyxia.
Be able identify at least 3 potential symptoms of criminal asphyxia.
Recognize at least 3 at-risk populations of criminal asphyxia.