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New Law Against Choking in Domestic Violence Disputes Yields Thousands of Arrests

Posted by attorney Thomas Daley

Just 15 weeks after making choking, which is prominent in domestic violence cases, a crime in New York, there have been 2,000 arrests on choking charges. The new law allows a criminal count of obstruction of breathing or blood circulation, which can be proven with other courtroom tools, including witness testimony, when bruises are not present. Experts say strangulation often plays a major role in domestic abuse, and that 44 percent of all women killed in New York in 2009 were killed as the result of domestic violence. Neale Gulley, Reuters 04/07/2011

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