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House of Representatives
Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: April 17, 2018 11:15 AM
From: Representative Becky Corbin
To: All House members
Subject: Strangulation Legislation
Last session, I introduced House Bill 1581 which, upon being enacted into law as Act 111 of 2016, created the criminal offense of strangulation. This session, I plan to introduce another bill to ensure that this offense is as fully incorporated into our body of laws as other similarly violent and threatening offenses.

This follow-up legislation is necessary to ensure that not only will “strangulation” be on the books as a primary offense, but that a prior strangulation conviction will also be recognized and considered upon the occurrence of subsequent related events and judicial procedures. This is perhaps nowhere more critical than in domestic violence situations. As I recited in my earlier co-sponsorship memo, various credible studies have revealed the following chilling statistics:
  • Ten percent of violent deaths in the United States can be attributed to strangulation.
  • Forty-seven percent of female domestic violence victims report being choked.
  • Nearly half of all domestic violence homicide victims had previously experienced at least one episode of attempted strangulation.
Specifically, the bill will amend section 9714 of the Judicial Code, section 6711 of the Domestic Relations Code, and sections 5702 and 2709.1 of the Crimes Code by adding the offense to a list of applicable “crimes of violence.”

Please join me in supporting this imperative legislation.

Introduced as HB2437