O'Sullivan Davies yesterday hosted a professional development seminar about family violence and the effects of non-fatal strangulation.
Dr Debbie Smith from King Edward Memorial Hospital and Kedy Kristal from the Women’s Council for Domestic and Family Violence Services each gave an interesting and informative presentation, highlighting that the use of strangulation is not to kill a partner but is often a sign to let the victim know that the perpetrator could kill them very easily.
The unfortunate but very real statistic is that one in four women will experience intimate partner violence in their lifetime and 10 per cent of these women will experience near-fatal strangulation by their partner.
The health implications of near-fatal strangulation often go undetected with half of all victims not showing any visible injury. It is also one of the strongest indicators for a significant increased risk of being killed by a violent partner.
O’Sullivan Davies Lawyers Consultant Nicola Watts says that the firm values continuing professional development and in the past several years has extended the invitation to other family law practitioners to attend sessions. On this occasion a number of health care professionals were also invited.
“It’s an unfortunate but a very real fact that family violence is something family lawyers deal with on a regular basis, so equipping lawyers with information from experts like Dr Debbie Smith is something we value highly” said Ms Watts.
“An interesting take away from the seminar is that near death strangulation is a red flag and one that should be acted upon immediately as it is an indicator of increased violence.”
O’Sullivan Davies Lawyers aims to host several professional developments events per year featuring engaging speakers to inspire and educate friends of the firm.