It can't be said enough, education saves lives. And there are many people out there who are trying to find new ways to make a difference for those experiencing domestic violence and abuse; and strangulation.
In 2021, a working group was formed to bring various service providers to the table to figure out how to work together to ensure victims of strangulation could be recognized and properly supported in their unique and high-risk needs.
The panel includes shelter staff, including the Executive Director of Rowan House, health care providers, police and other responders, as well as friends or family members connected to someone who has experienced strangulation, focusing on the role of community in intervention, with the goal of doing 3-4 presentations each year.
In this episode, I am joined by one of the members of the panel, Dr. Pauline Head, who graduated from the University of Saskatchewan College of Medicine in 1980 and completed a Fellowship with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons in Emergency Medicine in 1985. She has practiced Emergency Medicine in Calgary, since then and joins us to talk more about her experiences and why this panel is so important to saving lives.
Trigger warning for graphic descriptions of strangulation and abuse.