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Speaker will lead discussion concerning strangulation and domestic violence on Oct. 17


From: Gari Johnson, Clackamas County Public and Government Affairs, 503-742-4370

Media and Interested Parties

All Clackamas County residents are welcome to attend a discussion on Strangulation and Domestic Violence: Invisible Wounds during the October 17 Coffee Talk provided by The Children, Youth and Families Division of Clackamas County. Coffee Talk is a free monthly interactive speaker series on 3rd Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. located at 150 Beavercreek Rd., Suite 115, Oregon City, OR 97045.

This month’s Coffee Talk attendees will learn how strangulation affects individuals and the community, including what is being done to respond to this dangerous form of domestic violence. 

Strangulation can cause loss of consciousness within seconds and death within minutes. Non-lethal strangulation often leaves no external injuries but can have short and long-term health and emotional consequences for the survivor.

Upwards of 50% of domestic violence survivors have been strangled with 43% of domestic homicide victims having been strangled in the year preceding their murder. There is mounting evidence that men who strangle are the ones that murder police officers and carry out mass killings.

Sarah Van Dyke, who will lead the discussion, is the Clackamas County Domestic Violence Systems Coordinator and facilitates the Strangulation Response Initiative. The initiative is working to improve the identification and response to survivors of strangulation in the county.

The discussion will also include an update on Oregon Senate Bill 1562 that more thoroughly defines strangulation, and elevates all strangulation of any household member to a Class C felony. The bill becomes law on January 1, 2019.

For this Coffee Talk, participants can RSVP at

For additional help, information and resources for victims and survivors of domestic violence, contact the National Domestic Abuse Hotline at afraid of monitored internet usage, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 or TTY 1-800-787-3224. 

For additional information and questions, members of the media may contact Sarah Van Dyke at or 503-650-5680.