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Assembly Dems Bill to Toughen Penalty for Strangulation in Domestic Violence Cases Advances

Gusciora, Singleton, Lagana, Lampitt, Muoio, Caride, Spencer, Mosquera & Tucker Legislation Now Heads to Full Assembly
Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Reed Gusciora, Troy Singleton, Joseph Lagana, Pamela Lampitt, Liz Muoio, Marlene Caride, Grace Spencer, Gabriela Mosquera and Cleopatra Tucker to raise the penalty for the crime of strangulation in domestic violence cases was advanced by an Assembly panel on Monday.

While strangulation cases are not limited to domestic violence situations, studies show a high incidence of strangulation in domestic violence cases. According to the Training Institute on Strangulation Prevention, a program of the National Family Justice Center Alliance, strangulation is one of the best predictors for the subsequent homicide of victims of domestic violence. In fact, one study showed that "the odds of becoming an attempted homicide increased by about seven-fold for women who had been strangled by their partner."

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