Force uses new legislation to secure first ever strangulation charge
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We have secured our first ever charge of a new offence for intentional strangulation.
The force's specialist Emerald domestic abuse team charged a man in his 20s with intentional strangulation, assault by beating and criminal damage last Thursday (16 June), and he was remanded into custody.
On 7 June this year, non-fatal strangulation was made a specific offence as part of the government's landmark Domestic Abuse Act. The practice typically involves a perpetrator strangling or intentionally affecting their victim's ability to breathe in an attempt to control or intimidate them.
Previously it has been more difficult to secure appropriate charges for offences involving strangulation as the level of injuries are not always visible.
Head of the Emerald team, Chief Inspector Craig Laws, said: "Domestic abuse and violence in any form is unacceptable, and we are committed to bringing perpetrators to justice and holding them accountable for their actions.
"This legislation will enable us to secure better outcomes for victims.
"This charge is a first for Bedfordshire, and it certainly won't be the last as our dedicated team work tirelessly to support our victims. We will leave no stone unturned in getting justice."
We are committed to tackling all forms of domestic abuse, and have dedicated officers who are committed to providing care and support to victims throughout the criminal justice process.
Find out more about the different forms of abuse, the support services available and information on how to report abuse to police on our advice pages.