February 20, 2024 | Domestic Violence Series | Strangulation: Assessment & Intervention


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February 20, 2024 | 1:00-2:30pm | 1.5 Contact Hours |  Zoom

Over the last decade the high incidence of non-fatal strangulation in cases of domestic violence and sexual assault, and the serious health implications has prompted an increase in education for all those who interface with survivors of interpersonal violence. This in-service will cover assessment for signs and symptoms of strangulation so that appropriate care can be provided including medical care, collection of evidence, and documentation.

• Discuss high incidence of strangulation in cases of interpersonal violence.
• Describe the anatomy of strangulation and suffocation.
• Discuss the rapid physiological response to suffering non-fatal strangulation.
• Explain the impact of strangulation on memory recall.
• List 5 primary symptoms experienced by survivors of non-fatal strangulation.
• Discuss the short- and long-term impact of non-fatal strangulation survivors.
• Discuss the need for medical assessment and intervention in cases of non-fatal strangulation.

About the Presenter

Polly Campbell, RN, BS, BA
Polly joined the UNE School of Nursing and Population Health in 2019 as Director of the Advanced Nursing Education Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (ANE-SANE) Program, a unique public/private partnership to strengthen the state’s existing, innovative Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner (SAFE) Program by increasing its reach and impact through simulation and pedagogical training and education, funded through the federal Health Resources and Services Administration. Polly was previously Director of the Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner (SAFE) Program (Maine DHHS OCFS), for 16 years. She was responsible for the education, training and technical assistance of Sexual Assault Forensic Examiners (SAFE); technical assistance for SAFEs, health care providers, and Sexual Assault Response Teams; promoting community awareness of interpersonal violence issues including non-fatal strangulation, domestic violence/abuse, commercial trafficking of humans, elder/incapacitated adults, child abuse, and working with community partners to improve the community response for victims of all forms of abuse and violence. Polly attended the Training Institute on Strangulation Prevention (Alliance for Hope International) in February 2016, and the Master’s Course in August 2018. Since 2016 she has provided over 50 non-fatal strangulation education sessions across the state for a wide variety of professions and has testified as an expert in non-fatal strangulation in several Maine criminal trials. Polly currently sits on the Maine Domestic Violence Homicide Review Panel; Maine Elder Death and Serious Injury Analysis Review Team; Maine Sex Trafficking and Exploitation Network; the Maine Coalition Against Sexual Assault Child Advocacy Center (CAC) Provider Council; the Androscoggin CAC Multi-Disciplinary Team; is Past-President and board member of the International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN) and currently sits on the Association’s Foundation Board. Prior to her tenure as SAFE Program Director she worked in clinical nursing for over a decade and has spent the last 3+ decades in the field of interpersonal violence and abuse. In addition to direct service with victims of abuse and violence, she has coordinated statewide education, training and service programs that brought together professionals from various disciplines to better meet the needs of adult and child victims of violence and abuse.

Contact Hours
1.5 contact hours for Nurses (CNE) CCSME is approved as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the Northeast Multistate Division Education Unit, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. (Approved provider #4002961)
1.5 Category I contact hours for Psychologists are provided. CCSME is a pre-approved sponsor and provider of Professional Education Activities for Psychologists.
1.5 contact hours for CHES. CCSME is a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc.
Certificate of attendance for 1.5 contact hours for social workers, licensed clinical professional counselors, and other professionals.
1.5 contact hours pending approval by the Maine Board of Alcohol and Drug Counselors.