NORTH PORT, Fla. – Strangulation can “very well” be a precursor to murder, because it was within the case of deceased 22-year-old Gabby Petito, experts say.
Teton County Coroner Dr. Brent Blue on Tuesday introduced that Petito died from handbook strangulation, weeks after the FBI uncovered the 22-year-old’s stays at Bridger-Teton National Forest, north of Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
“It is very important to understand that a non-fatal strangulation incident is an incident of an indicator that you are 750% more likely to die at the hands of that abuser,” Andrea Wyant advised Fox News Digital. Wyant is assistant director of Hope United Survivor Network, which helps victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.
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Wyant added that controlling funds and isolating victims from family and friends are “considerable red flags” of a relationship shifting in an unhealthy route.
Mollie Weakland, particular occasions and advertising coordinator of Hope United Survivor Network, mentioned strangulation particularly is the “ultimate form of power and control” for perpetrators who can management a sufferer’s means to breathe and, due to this fact, live.
Steven Webb, Ph.D. — a menace evaluation knowledgeable and regulation enforcement officer of 11 years — equally mentioned that “any type of grabbing, holding or another means of trying to physically control a person is essentially the definition of battery and should be charged by any competent state’s attorney as such.”
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“Studies suggest that this type of behavior — particularly, non-fatal strangulation, makes you up to seven times more likely to be involved in extreme violence, including homicide, as we have seen in this case,” Webb mentioned.
The regulation enforcement officer added that there are three essential indicators of potential violence: a high-stress catalyst, similar to monetary points; testing the boundaries of a relationship after bodily altercations; and the urge to have management over one other individual, Webb mentioned.
More than one in 4 ladies who recognized themselves as being in abusive relationships mentioned they’d skilled non-fatal strangulation, according to a 2008 research revealed within the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI).
“Research has repeatedly demonstrated non-fatal strangulation and other forms of violence are important risk factors for homicide. This speaks to the importance of screen[ing] for non-fatal strangulation and other types of violence when assessing abused women in emergency settings,” Dr.Sabrina Romanoff, Harvard-trained scientific psychologist and professor at Yeshiva University in New York City, mentioned.
Strangulation can additionally go away extra “minimal observable injury” in contrast to different types of bodily violence similar to hitting with fists, Romanoff mentioned, however strangulation can additionally “lead to significant physical and mental health consequences.”
“While strangulation is a relatively widespread form of violence toward women who experience violence in abusive relationships, it is important to recognize how it is a predictor for future lethal violence,” Romanoff defined.
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Lizbeth Meredith, a former domestic violence advocate and probation officer who now works as a domestic violence educator, equally advised Fox News that strangulation “very well can be a precursor to homicide.”
Meredith, who’s herself a sufferer of domestic violence and, particularly, strangulation, mentioned the violent act “is considered to be a red flag of an extremely volatile abuser and now taken more seriously … as it can very well end in homicide.”
“It is truly one of the most deadly forces of violence,” she mentioned.
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Petito’s dad and mom reported her lacking eight days earlier than her stays have been found. The 22-year-old was touring cross nation in a Ford transit van together with her fiancé, Brian Laundrie, when she went lacking.
Before her disappearance, Petito and Laundrie have been recorded in Aug. 12 Moab, Utah, police bodycam footage following an incident wherein Petito takes blame for hitting Laundrie, although she does inform police that Laundrie grabbed her face. In a press release given to Moab police relating to the identical incident,, a witness describes a male — presumably Laundrie — apparently hitting and slapping Petito.
issued an arrest warrant for Laundrie, accusing him of financial institution card fraud. Authorities alleged on the time that he used an unidentified individual’s Capital One card and the non-public identification quantity to cost or withdraw over $1,000 between Aug. 30 and Sept. 1, throughout which period Petito was lacking.
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